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 December 24, 2001

A Family Affair: `Every Day We Become Stronger'
Brian and Kevin Dooley are twins, aged 36. Both were homeless in London for four years and are now staying in a Soho hostel. This year, they will visit Crisis' Open Christmas Shelter, where Brian has entered a poster competition. Having finally acquired...
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Affluent Britain Braves Crowds in Shopping Surge
BRITISH SHOPPERS battling with the pre-Christmas crush have only their own good fortune to blame. We are now better off than the Germans and the French with average wealth outstripping our continental counterparts for the first time, according to a new...
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American Football: Smith Gives Patriots New Hope
IT WAS supposed to be the last game played at Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts before the bulldozers arrived to demolish the stadium that has played host to the New England Patriots for the last 31 years. However the Patriots' 20-13 triumph over the...
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Arafat to Defy Israel Ban on Visiting Bethlehem
FEVERISH DIPLOMATIC efforts were being made last night by the United States, the European Union and the Holy See to avert a Christmas crisis in Bethlehem, the troubled West Bank town where Jesus was born. The Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, announced...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; Butcher's Headingley Triumph
THE AUSTRALIANS admitted they were pretty sick of cricket's Miracle of Headingley. Every time they switched the televisions on in the dressing room, it seemed Ian Botham was carving Dennis Lillee over the slips or Bob Willis, eyes glazed like a madman,...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; Capriati Conquers Paris
THE CONFIRMATION of Venus Williams as an outstanding champion was the compelling feature of the second half of 2001 in the women's game as the powerful young American successfully defended her Wimbledon and United States Open singles titles. But the...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; England's Night of Glory
AT HALF-TIME in the Munich Olympic Stadium the man from The Sun pulled out a fat Cuban cigar. As he went to light it the English journalists around him said: "No, not yet." He left it unlit, fate untempted. Forty minutes later on that Spetember evening...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; Ferrari Confirm Their Global Supremacy in Budapest
THE OUTCOME had long been inevitable, a repeat of the Formula One season before. The rest were not even close this time, capitulating with scarcely a whimper. Once the red cars had established their advantage through the first corner, the race was rendered...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; Hopkins King of the World
AN HOUR before Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad entered the boxing ring at Madison Square Garden in front of 19,000 spectators, a dozen sad- eyed New York fireman made their way from a bar to their ringside seats. The fight took place just 18 days...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; Ivanisevic Wins Wimbledon
BUD COLLINS, the flamboyant but perceptive tennis writer of the Boston Globe broke a press box taboo at the Centre Court last summer when he rose to his feet and applauded Pete Sampras after the great American had surrendered his title. Collins was unrepentant....
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; Lions Score the Try of the Year
PEOPLE ARE queueing up to give Austin Healey awards these days: Graham Henry wants to present the Leicester Lip with a "Fifth Columnist of the Century" certificate, the Lions management in general would support his candidacy for "Blabbermouth of the...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; Radcliffe Wins at Last
THEY ROUNDED the bend at Ostend's Wellington Racecourse, two thoroughbreds, gliding over the churned mud, driving on through the rain whipping in from the Atlantic just the other side of the grandstand to their right. Gete Wami of Ethiopia and Britain's...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; ROLL OF HONOUR
AMERICAN FOOTBALL SUPER BOWL: Baltimore. ATHLETICS BRITISH MEDAL WINNERS AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Gold: J Edwards (triple jump). Bronze: D Macey (decathalon). BRITISH MEDAL WINNERS AT WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Gold: D Caines (400m). Silver: J Edwards...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; Sheikh Mohammed's Change of Plan
CHEERING ON the underdog is less easy if the competitor in question is among the wealthiest people on the planet and the most powerful figures on the turf. Rooting for Sheikh Mohammed may seem unlikely, but in the context of that annual bout between...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; St Helens Beat Australia's Best
REIGNING CHAMPIONS St Helens single-handedly lifted the spirits of every Rugby League supporter when they beat Brisbane Broncos in the World Club Challenge back in January. The omens going into the game were not promising. The venue for the Challenge,...
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Best of the Best: The Magic Moments That Lit Up the Sporting World in 2001 ; Woods Holes 60ft Putt at Sawgrass
IN CONTRAST to the millennial madness of 2000, there were few really energetic fist-pumping celebrations for Tiger Woods last season. One came on the 17th green at Sawgrass during the third round of the US Players' Championship. Woods had just holed...
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Birthdays and Anniversaries
Today: Colin Cowdrey, the first cricketer to play in 100 Tests, was born in Bangalore in 1932. He died in December last year. The former England goalkeeper Frank Swift was born in 1914. Later a journalist, he died in the Munich disaster in 1958. Tomorrow:...
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Blair Condemns Media Intrusion over MMR Jab
CHARLES KENNEDY, the Liberal Democrat leader, called on Tony Blair yesterday to end the speculation over whether his baby, Leo, had received the MMR vaccination. He spoke out after the Prime Minister issued a strongly worded condemnation of media intrusion...
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Book of the Week
Out of the Rough: Booze, Birdies and a Driving Ambition - The Barclay Howard Story By Barclay Howard (Mainstream, pounds 14.99) SPORTING AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, particularly of the ghost-written variety, are rarely to be confused with literary gems. Some of...
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Brits to Extend Lead in Europe's Wealth Race Next Year
ECONOMIC GROWTH per head in the UK is set to accelerate relative to the rest of Europe next year, economists forecast yesterday after it emerged that the measure had grown 10 times faster than the European average over the last decade. Britain's per...
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CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM: Ali to Film Message on US Policy for Muslim Countries ; Campaign against Terrorism
THE FORMER world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali plans to take part in a public service drive explaining United States policy to the Muslim world, in the first tangible response to the Bush administration's appeal to Hollywood for support in its war...
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CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM: Americans `Duped' into Attack on Convoy ; Campaign against Terrorism
A TALE of tribal treachery, Arab mercenaries and how the Americans may have been used to settle an Afghan blood feud emerged yesterday behind the bombing of a convoy that left up to 60 people dead and 40 injured. The killings threatened to cast a shadow...
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CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM: How the Passengers and Crew of Flight 63 Acted on `Pure Instinct' to Stop Another Suicide Attack ; Campaign against Terror
UNTIL THE smell of sulphur alerted a flight attendant to the tall, unkempt man in row 29, everything had gone uneventfully on board American Airlines flight 63. For reasons that were not entirely clear yesterday, the aircraft had taken off more than...
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CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM: Karzai Holds First Cabinet Meeting as Rivals Marshal Their Forces ; Campaign against Terrorism
THE NEW interim government of Afghanistan held its first cabinet meeting yesterday as the country's leading political figures immediately began jockeying to build up their powerbases. Hamid Karzai, chairman and cabinet leader, spent most of the day with...
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CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM: Search of Cargo Ship for Terrorist Material `May Take Several Weeks' ; Campaign against Terror
SPECIALIST SEARCH teams will take several weeks to complete a detailed examination of a cargo ship seized in an anti-terrorist operation in the Channel, police said yesterday. The extension was ordered even though it looked increasingly unlikely that...
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CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM: Stun Guns May Be Added to Airlines' Security Armoury ; Campaign against Terror
AIRLINES AND airports are still tightening every aspect of security in the aftermath of 11 September, although not all measures are fully in place. British Airways introduced a pounds 2.50 surcharge to pay for an initial pounds 1.1m in extra safeguards...
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Carnival Prepares to Loosen Strings in Pounds 3.2bn P&O Offer
THE AMERICAN cruise ship giant Carnival is considering relaxing some of the preconditions of its pounds 3.2bn offer for P&O Princess Cruises in a renewed effort to break up its UK rival's friendly merger with Royal Caribbean Cruises. Speculation mounted...
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Christmas Day Digital, Cable and Satellite TV; Christmas Day's Choices
AS YOU wallow on the sofa in a post-turkey stupor this evening, there could be few more enjoyable films to veg out with than Chicken Run (8pm Sky Premier, right). Receiving its satellite premiere tonight, this film by Aardman Animation (who developed...
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Christmas Eve Digital, Cable and Satellite TV: Today's Choices
IN A nice seasonal idea, BBC Knowledge is this year marking Christmas with "The Storytellers", a six part documentary series profiling some of the greatest children's writers of the 20th century. The season kicks off with a screening of An Awfully Big...
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Church Is the Place to Be in Paris - for the Music
ON SUNDAY mornings in Paris, musical enthusiasts head off to the great churches - to St Germain des Pres and St Sulpice on the left bank, to the Madeleine and St Eustache on the right bank and, of course, to Notre Dame. As one walks in a few minutes...
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Cricket: England Grow Up under Hussain ; England 336 & 33-0 India 238 Match Drawn
THE UNSEASONAL rain here that washed out England's chances of levelling the series on Saturday has not dampened their spirits. Another series may have been lost, this time 1-0, but with a whitewash widely predicted, they return home for Christmas from...
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Cricket: Foster Proves Worthy of Selector Faith
WHILE THE controversy over England's defensive and attritional tactics in the field will run and run, there is no doubt whatever that the cricketers return home for Christmas in better heart than when they left for Bombay nearly two months ago. The coach...
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Debt-Ridden NTL Paid Pounds 10m to Company Run by Knapp
THE TROUBLED cable firm NTL gave a $15m (pounds 10m) lifeline to a struggling US telecoms firm run by NTL's founder and chief executive, despite facing its own financial problems, it has emerged. NTL went to the rescue of CoreComm, which provides local...
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EQUESTRIANISM: Fuchs Flourishes as Dare-Devil in Frantic Finale
MARKUS FUCHS, the Swiss winner of this year's World Cup for show jumping, brought the Olympia Championships to a sparkling conclusion last night when he rode Tinka's Boy to win the closing Olympia Grand Prix. His winning round included some marvellously...
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Filkin Fires Parting Shot at Vaz for `Collusion over Hinduja Payments'
THE FORMER Foreign Office minister, Keith Vaz, is facing fresh criticism over his business dealings from Elizabeth Filkin, the outgoing Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. He is accused of colluding with his wife, Maria Fernandes, to hide payments...
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Foiled Plane Bomber British, Say Police
THE WOULD-BE suicide bomber who tried to set off explosives packed in his shoes on a Miami-bound passenger jet is believed to be British, Scotland Yard said last night. American Airlines flight 63 from Paris to Miami was forced to make an emergency landing...
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Football: Anelka's Relationship with PSG `Fell Apart'
THE PARIS ST-GERMAIN president, Laurent Perpere, said yesterday that the club's relationship with Nicolas Anelka fell apart last week, forcing them to offload the temperamental striker. The former Arsenal player completed a loan move to Liverpool on...
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Football: Armstrong's Knockout Blow ; Tottenham Hotspur 1 Ipswich Town 2
IPSWICH MIGHT still be down at the bottom, but they are not yet out. Like a boxer struggling on the ropes, they managed to summon one last counterattacking punch and in the form of Alun Armstrong's brave 88th-minute header delivered a knockout blow to...
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Football: Arsenal's Adversity Inspires Ljunberg ; Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2; Gunners Earn First Win at Liverpool for Nine Years as Van Bronckhorst Becomes the 40th Dismissal of Wenger's Reign
IF ARSENAL seem to play better with 10 men, it is because they are used to it. When Giovanni van Bronckhorst was shown his second yellow card, for diving, he became the 40th player to be sent off during Arsene Wenger's five years at Highbury and the...
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Football: Celtic Feel the Chill as Winters Makes History ; Aberdeen 2 Celtic 0
THERE ARE a few Christmas lists being frantically altered around Aberdeen. Anyway, even Santa Claus might be struggling to rush out a video release of this milestone event before the big day. "It's a Wonderful Life" might be a working title, given the...
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Football: Changed Gascoigne Cannot Lift the Gloom ; Sunderland 1 Everton 0
NO ONE WILL be rushing to press for his canonization as another Saint Paul but in these times of footballing men behaving badly the transformation of Paul Gascoigne has been a heartening sight for the beautiful game. Since emerging from the pit of alcohol...
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Football: Chelsea's Abilities Overcome Fallibility ; Chelsea 5 Bolton Wanderers 1
THRASHING LIVERPOOL is all very well, but Chelsea's problem has always been putting away the lesser teams. So does yesterday's result mean, that in championship terms, the Blues can now be considered the real thing? Well, not entirely. Impressively though...
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Football: Curbishley Seeks Expert in Demolition ; Charlton Athletic 0 Blackburn Rovers 2
CHARLTON HAVE vigorously denied being the only Premiership club who supported recent proposals for a second tier or "Phoenix League", but their last two performances have unconsciously made the case for one. At Bolton, in a dull goalless draw, and on...
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Football: Dangerous Cult of the Celebrity Football Fan
A FEW WEEKS ago this column invited you to submit nominations for the most embarrassing celebrity fan of whatever football team you support. I have had some truly weird and wonderful entries, the weirdest from Gary John-Baptiste of Walthamstow, who submitted...
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Football: Debt-Ridden Real to Sell McManaman ; Press Watch
ACCORDING TO reports in the Sunday Express, Real Madrid have transfer listed the England midfielder Steve McManaman at pounds 6m in an attempt to reduce their wage bill while money troubles may force Celtic to part with their Swedish striker Henrik Larsson...
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Football: Elliott Undone by Red Mist ; Leicester City 1 West Ham United 1
MATT ELLIOTT does not look the same player. He has let his hair grow, not too much mind you, but enough to make him look less aggressive, more of a team captain, someone with the maturity to lead Leicester out of trouble. Now there aren't any terrific...
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Football: Milosevic Says No to Rovers
SAVO MILOSEVIC has told Blackburn Rovers he wants to stay in Italy to stay and fight for Parma's Serie A survival. The Yugoslav striker is wanted by the Rovers manager Graeme Souness, who has been in talks about signing him for the past few days. But...
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Football: Robson Celebrates Glittering Christmas ; Leeds United 3 Newcastle United 4
REPORTS OF football's impending demise as a fashionable attraction appeared to be exaggerated at Elland Road on Saturday. Even the unsettlingly warm reception for the sport's most notorious player, and his subsequent goal, failed to prevent the neutral...
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Football: Ronaldo Limps off as Inter Return to the Top ; EUROPEAN ROUND-UP
RONALDO SUFFERED another injury setback when he strained a muscle in Internazionale's 3-2 win over Piacenza yesterday. The Brazil international, only recently recovered from a severe knee injury, limped off midway through the second half after winning...
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Football: The Independent Premiership Index
THE PERFORMANCES of every player in every Premiership match are being monitored by the Independent this season. Our reporters are giving all players - and referees - a mark out of 10. All players on the pitch for at least 15 minutes in a match will receive...
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Football: Todd's Attacking Policy Pays ; Derby County 3 Aston Villa 1
IT MAY have been 15 months in coming, but relegation-threatened Derby County finally scored more than two goals in a Premiership game. That they struck three times in this fully deserved victory over Aston Villa is testament to Colin Todd's decision...
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Football: Tradition Should Be Enough to Stop Relocation
THE DECISION facing the Football Association arbitration panel deciding Wimbledon's appeal to re-locate to Milton Keynes will be one of the most far-reaching in the history of the game. The Football League board refused the club's original application...
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Football: Van Nistelrooy Leaves Southampton Clueless ; Manchester United 6 Southampton 1; Dutch Striker Spearheads Manchester United Revival While Newcastle Demand to Be Taken Seriously with Thrilling Victory at Leeds
WHEN SIR Alex Ferguson was last talking, one of his more provocative comments was that Ruud van Nistelrooy is the best striker in Europe. At the time it seemed premature, and the case is still hard to prove in a land, never mind a continent, that boasts...
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Football: Wolves Want to Retain Sturridge
DAVE JONES, the Wolverhampton manager, is preparing to ask Leicester City to extend Dean Sturridge's loan stint at Molineux beyond the festive period. The striker has been farmed out to the second-placed First Division side since late last month and...
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Gentle Giant Seeking to Ally Worries about South Africa's FTSE Invasion; the Monday Interview ; Old Mutual's Chief Executive Has a Relaxed Approach That May Be Just the Tonic to Revive a Weary Share Price
JIM SUTCLIFFE is tall, tall, tall. In fact, the chief executive of Old Mutual, the financial services group which came to the UK market from South Africa two years ago, must surely be the tallest head of a major British company. He is, wait for it, six...
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Giving Birth in the Holy City in Spite of Shellfire and Roadblocks
IS THERE something special about baby boys born in Bethlehem? Ours was born two days ago, having made every effort to hold out until Christmas. At nine days late, I was so pregnant I could have screamed. My husband, a UN negotiator, had joked that our...
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Glasgow House Fire Leaves Two Children Dead and Grandparents Badly Injured
TWO CHILDREN were killed and their grandparents were seriously injured yesterday after flames swept through their home in the early hours of the morning. Ashley Scott, a four-year-old girl, and her three-year-old brother, William, were staying with their...
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Horrible Year of Hangover and Misplaced Hope
GIVEN MY surname, I suppose I could reasonably refer to 2001 as an annus horribilis. It started off badly. The Federal Reserve came back from its holidays with a nasty economic hangover and immediately took a strong dose of interest rate medicine. Hopes...
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Human Rights Activist Faces Deportation Today
AN AWARD-WINNING human rights activist will make a last-minute appeal today against deportation to Cameroon, where he fears he faces immediate arrest and torture. Nineteen months after claiming asylum in Britain, Gabriel Nkwelle has been served notice...
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Independence for the Disabled: Changing Blindness from Curse to Disability ; the Independent Christmas Appeal
ANGELLA SYMPHOROSA just can't stop smiling. Her shrivelled pupils hidden behind an old pair of scratched sunglasses, she explodes into laughter with a fresh joke every few minutes. "In life, it is good to be jolly," she declares with her trademark grin....
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India Mobilises Forces after Shellfire on Pakistani Border
INDIA AND Pakistan exchanged shellfire yesterday and New Delhi acknowledged that part of its elite military forces had mobilised near the border with Pakistan amid rising tension between them. George Fernandes, India's Defence Minister, said the country's...
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Internet Incubator Antfactory to Be Wound Up in Pounds 50m Deal
SEYMOUR PIERCE, the stockbroking tiddler, is to acquire the troubled internet incubator Antfactory in a deal that will see much of the company's $118m (pounds 81m) cash pile returned to early stage investors. Antfactory is among many internet companies...
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Irish Eyes Need to Be Vigilant as Punt Disappears
ALTHOUGH THE Irish have a reputation as a particularly nationalistic people, it does not extend as far as the punt. In sharp contrast to the British attachment to sterling, citizens of the Irish Republic are in the process of bidding farewell to their...
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Killed Paedophile Suspect Was Hounded, Says Brother
A SUSPECTED paedophile who was battered to death while awaiting trial for indecency offences, had been victimised on the housing estate where he lived, his brother said yesterday. George Crawford was found dead at his bungalow on the Kirkholt estate...
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Leading Article: A Dramatic Reminder That Airline Security Has Yet to Be Taken Seriously
THE SHOCKING drama aboard American Airlines flight 63 from Paris to Miami comes as a salutary reminder that the threat from international terrorism is undiminished, however close to extinction al-Qa'ida may be. It is especially salutary that such an...
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Leading Article: Why the British Are Out-Shopping Europe
ANYONE WHO has visited the local high street or suburban shopping centre in recent weeks - and, to judge by the crowds thronging the aisles and the cars queuing for parking spaces, that is most of us - can testify that our enthusiasm for shopping is...
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Letter: EU's Great Enterprise
Sir: Dr Palmier remarks that the performance of the European Central Bank does not inspire confidence (letter, 20 December). Certainly things could be improved, but the Bank is not doing so badly as all that. These are early days. Dr Palmier is perhaps...
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Letter: Ways to Run a Railway
Sir: The statement by the Strategic Rail Authority that the number of rail franchise operations is to be reduced must be broadly welcomed. The decision to combine the franchises operating into Liverpool Street makes sense, as does the statement that...
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Meanings of Christmas: Christmas Tells Us Why `Spirituality' Is Not Enough ; Religion Is out. Self-Fulfilment Is in. the Trouble with the Vogue for `Inner Development' Is That It Never Exposes Us to Any Reality beyond Ourselves
THE ACCEPTED wisdom now is that we are mostly fed up with religion, but profoundly interested in spirituality. Only an embarrassed minority in Great Britain will admit to being religious; but being spiritual is fairly fashionable, as the bookshops will...
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More Patients Waiting Longer Than a Year for Surgery Than in 1997
THE PROPORTION of patients waiting longer than a year for an operation has risen in more than half of health authorities since Labour came to power, figures released last night reveal. The Conservatives seized on the figures, which show that the percentage...
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New Argentinian Leader Suspends Debt Payments
ARGENTINA'S NEW interim president, Adolfo Rodriguez Saa, began his three-month tenure in office yesterday with a fiery speech announcing the suspension of payments on the nation's hefty foreign debt. Mr Rodriguez Saa, 54, will serve as President until...
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No Peace and Joy This Year in Birthplace of Christendom
THE LATIN Patriarch, Monsignor Michel Sabbah, will enter the birthplace of Christianity tonight in a procession from Jerusalem, a few miles to the north, and conduct Midnight Mass. To reach Bethlehem, he will have to pass under the guns of Israeli soldiers...
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Obituary: Geoffrey Bill
AS ARCHIVIST of Christ Church, Oxford, and Librarian at Lambeth Palace Library, Geoffrey Bill enhanced the value for researchers of the holdings of two great institutions, placing sources of immense value at the disposal of scholars in several fields....
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Obituary: Professor Albert Frohlich
"THE MATHEMATICIAN'S patterns, like the painter's or the poet's, must be beautiful . . . beauty is the first test"; so wrote G.H. Hardy in his A Mathematician's Apology (1940). Albrecht Frohlich was an outstanding mathematician, whose influence on the...
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Obituary: Professor Stephen Holt
STEPHEN HOLT was a scholar and university teacher of strong liberal humanist convictions, a political scientist committed to toleration and conciliation, and a cultured man whose interests in philosophy and theology supported an academic life founded...
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`One Holiday of the Year' for the Homeless
JOHN, A one-time cat burglar with a passion for antiques, yesterday walked into a draughty warehouse in London's East End to enjoy his 17th Christmas with friends. "The steak pie is delicious," John said to the disparate group of men sitting around the...
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Pandora in America
Poor Bill. Why does the Clinton magic that so beguiles the chattering classes in London no longer work at home? No sooner was he back from his Dimbleby Lecture on the future of humanity, than the former president summoned his trusty retainers to work...
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Parents' Fears over the MMR Jab Can Only Be Alleviated by Better Science
BEING AN 18-month old is hard, particularly if you are Leo Blair. The toddler son of the Prime Minister is not yet talking in full sentences - we assume, though Mr Blair's spin doctors have yet to confirm the fact, or drop a hint of it to a "friendly"...
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Plane Bomber Sparks New Terror Fears
AN INTERNATIONAL investigation was launched yesterday to discover how a would-be suicide bomber avoided tightened airport security and tried to set off explosives packed in his shoes on an American- bound passenger jet on Saturday. The man was being...
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Pounds 20m Promised for Digital Hearing Aids
CHARITIES HAVE given a cautious welcome to news that thousands more deaf and hard-of-hearing people are to be fitted with state-of- the- art digital hearing aids. The Health minister Jacqui Smith is due to announce today that, with pounds 20m of investment,...
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Quiz of 2001 ; Christmas Quiz: Pit Your Wits against the Independent's Christmas Prize Quiz: You Could End Up Celebrating with a Case of Wine (See Opposite Page)
2001 A. Who said...? 1 "It's really the result of talking to trees too often." 2 "I was a monkey. I hope no one digs that up because it was really embarrassing. I was wearing tights, and had to go on and dance for 40 seconds or something." 3 "It's...
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Racing: Henderson's Season for Bacchanal Revelry ; A Trainer Who Specialises in Boxing Day Success Has a Fine King George Contender
WHEN THE gifts are handed out at Kempton each Boxing Day, Nicholas John Henderson becomes a cheeky chappie. He keeps popping back into the line. In the season of giving, the Lambourn trainer has proved a most able recipient at Sunbury's Yuletide meeting....
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Rare Pygmy Cormorants May Soon Be Here for Our Tiddlers
A BIRD long rare in Europe may soon be breeding in Britain, ornithologists believe. The pygmy cormorant, a half-size version of the common cormorant now thriving here, is moving rapidly westwards from its normal haunts in eastern Europe and western Asia....
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Robbie Holds on for a Swinging Christmas No 1
PROVING THE old adage that they don't write them like they used to, Frank and Nancy Sinatra's one-time hit "Somethin' Stupid" secured Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman the number one slot in the Christmas charts last night. They beat the unlikely challenge...
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Romance for Harry in the Last Potter Novels, Says Rowling
ROMANCE AND a horrible death will figure in future Harry Potter books, says the wizard's creator, JK Rowling. In her first in-depth television interview, to be broadcast on Friday, Ms Rowling reflects on the Potter phenomenon, the books and the film,...
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Rugby League: Marsh's Inspiration Allows Barrow to Beat Elements
two tries from their centre Iain Marsh inspired Barrow to a 22- 6 win against Chorley Lynx yesterday to take the Cumbrians into the top three of the Northern Ford Premiership. Difficult conditions, with a swirling wind, brought a string of errors, but...
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Rugby Union: Leicester Steam out of Sight in Race for the Title ; Harlequins 21 Leicester 38
CERTAIN SECTIONS of the oval-ball community still yearn for the days when the union game could consider itself a foundation stone of the English class system, even though pots of old money and an ancestry stretching back to the Middle Ages buttered very...
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Rugby Union: Robinson's Late Show Has Bridgend Seething ; Bridgend 25 Cardiff 25
IF THE Bryncoch referee Nigel Williams gets a new watch for Christmas, the likelihood is that it will not have been sent to him by Bridgend. After seeing Cardiff come back with two injury-time tries the home fans were seething that the blue and blacks...
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Rugby Union: Sackey's Try Has Exiles Flying ; London Irish 30 Saracens 23
HE WAS described as looking like a pint of flat Guinness before the kick-off, but Paul Sackey produced the champagne moment with a stunning 77th minute try to lift London Irish into second place in the Premiership yesterday. It was the highlight of a...
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Sport on the Internet
THE FIRST of 2002's darts back-to-back world championships, the Skol World Championships, gets underway on Friday at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet, Essex, where Phil Taylor will be aiming to win the event for the eighth time in the nine years that the...
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The Essex Book of Carols ; A Brand-New Collection of Festive Favourites, Updated for the 21st Century
While Shepherds Burned Their Flocks While shepherds burned their flocks at night Or put them underground, A ministry official came And started mooching round. "Fear not," said he, "a clearance check." Which troubled shepherds more. Since hardened as...
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The Shame That Drives Santa Down the Chimney
"IN THIS very special edition of the programme, I'm pleased to introduce someone who has become synonymous with this time of the year. He is both a truly international figure and yet a person whom we all treat almost as part of our own family. But, in...
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Waiting Game Pays off for Flying Charles
PETER CHARLES, who had played a waiting game at the start of the Olympia Show Jumping Championships, was firmly in his stride by Saturday afternoon when he rode Carnavelley to win the Ericsson World Cup Qualifier by a convincing four-second margin. The...
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We Wish You a Minimalist Christmas
THE GEFFRYE MUSEUM in the East End of London is a former almshouse where each room has been furnished in the style of a different era. A decade ago, the Geffrye had the bright idea of dressing each room with appropriate Christmas decorations. There is...
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What the Sunday Business Papers Said
Independent on Sunday Saffrey Champness, one of the UK's oldest established accountancy firms, is facing a cash crisis in its Guernsey office, which makes up a quarter of the partnership's turnover. mmO2, the recently demerged mobile phone arm of BT,...
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Wise Men Should Believe in the Christian Ethic
ONE OF Georges de la Tour's paintings shows the boy Christ in Joseph's workshop. The rough, hairy old carpenter - evidently no blood relation - is gazing at the lad with a mixture of awe, tentative affection and foreboding, as if he can already see the...
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Woman, 28, Dies of `Economy-Class Syndrome' despite Precautions
A WOMAN who died from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) while returning home for Christmas on a flight from Singapore took precautions against the condition, her father said yesterday. Alayne Wake, 28, collapsed suffering from so-called economy- class syndrome...
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