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 February 13, 2004

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Aristide's Thugs Crush Hopes of People's Revolution with Beatings and Intimidation
JOSUE VAVAL pointed to the large hole in the wall of the social science faculty at the University of Haiti where armed supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide had burst through a couple of months ago, opened fire on demonstrating students, smashed...
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Army Major `Pestered Woman Soldier into Affair'
A STRING of sexual liaisons among members of the Army was exposed in a tribunal yesterday when a warrant officer suffering from depression claimed she was "pestered" into an affair with a major. Angela McConnell, 41, a warrant officer from Wareham, Dorset,...
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Barclays Signals New Assault on Costs as Profit Hits Record High
BARCLAYS REPORTED record profits yesterday of pounds 3.85bn for 2003, a 20 per cent rise on the previous year, as it signalled it would slash costs across the group to meet tough new targets for the next four years. The high street bank hit its goal...
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Beaten, Starved and Denied Wages: Greeks Rescue Victims of Britain's Latest `Slave Labour' Scandal
A GROUP of Greek migrant workers has fled Britain under a police escort after accusing gangmasters of keeping them in unspeakable "slave-like" conditions as flower pickers in Cornwall. Their rescue on Tuesday night was organised by a Romany rights organisation...
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Blunkett Accused as Maxine Carr Is Denied Early Release
DAVID BLUNKETT was accused of capitulating to the "lynch mob mentality" yesterday after the Prison Service used new powers to keep Maxine Carr behind bars. The former fiancee of the Soham murderer Ian Huntley was informed that her application for early...
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Bond Market Shuns Standard Life Issue
STANDARD LIFE, which is trying to raise pounds 750m of capital, is being shunned by the bond market and ratings agencies until it can give more assurances on its financial strength. The company said it would be at least March before it would raise the...
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Books: A Personal Journey into the Dark Past of Sarajevo ; Madness Visible by Janine Di Giovanni BLOOMSBURY Pounds 16.99 (286Pp) Pounds 14.99 (Plus Pounds 2.25 P&p per Order) from 0870 800 1122
The images are what make Janine di Giovanni's book so shocking: the starving dogs with severed human hands in their mouths, the wards full of dead elderly people, left to die under piles of rags, the babies with their heads chopped off. But these are...
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Books: A Week in Books
A slightly alarming poster in Tube stations exhorts travellers to read a book about "Britain's first Iron Lady". Some of us are still trying to get over the last one, thank you very much. All the same, commuters would be well-advised to take up the invitation....
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Books: Bestsellers
In spite of the popular appeal of Scarlett Johansson's luscious Girl with a Pearl Earring (left), Picasso pips Vermeer to the post - and also The Mini Origami Kit, that bestselling source of artistic gratification. Otherwise, it's Vettriano's scantily...
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Books: Dresden, 1945: A Legitimate Target ; Dresden: Tuesday 13 February 1945 by Frederick Taylor BLOOMSBURY Pounds 20 (496Pp) Pounds 18 (Plus Pounds 2.25 P&p per Order) from 0870 800 1122
Like Frederick Taylor, I grew up with a sense that the RAF's bombing of Dresden on 13-14 February 1945 was a stain on the Allies' war record. My unease owed much to Kurt Vonnegut's novelised memoir of his experience in Dresden as an American PoW, forced...
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Books: Engineer of Human Souls ; Panos Karnezis Has Packed Ambitious Journeys into a Short Life: From Engineering to Fiction, and from Greek to English. MARIANNE BRACE Follows a Remarkable Odyssey
Anyone whose debut short-story collection was hailed by Annie Proulx as "the literary find of the year" might feel tempted to swank. But it would be hard to imagine Panos Karnezis swanking even slightly. Indeed, Karnezis seems faintly surprised that...
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Books: Enigmas of Arrival and Disappointment ; Literary Occasions by V S Naipaul PICADOR Pounds 16.99 (204Pp) Pounds 14.99 (Plus Pounds 2.25 P&p per Order) from 0870 800 1122
I have always moved by intuition alone. I have no system, literary or political." Many of the pieces in this collection (an anthology of essays published between 1965 and 2001) find VS Naipaul arguing that his fiction is shorn of bias and dogma. Accident,...
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Books: Inside Granada's Poisoned Paradise ; the Alhambra by Robert Irwin PROFILE BOOKS Pounds 15.99 (215Pp) Pounds 13.99 (Plus Pounds 2.25 P&p per Order) from 0870 800 1122
They say that when Boabdil, last prince of the Muslim kingdom of Granada, fled the city in 1492, he stopped on high ground for a valedictory look at his residence, the Alhambra. "God is great," he sighed as he watched troops of the Catholic kings, Ferdinand...
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Books: Journal of the Plague Years ; Buenas Noches Buenos Aires by Gilbert Adair FABER & FABER Pounds 10.99 (151Pp) Pounds 10.99 (Plus Pounds 2.25 P&p per Order) from 0870 800 1122
Gideon, the young gay protagonist of Gilbert Adair's new novel, comes out in what Edmund White has described as the halcyon period of unabashed hedonism between the repression of the Fifties and Sixties and the ravages of the Eighties and Nineties. It...
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Books: Paperbacks
When the Women Come out to Dance By Elmore Leonard PENGUIN pounds 7.99 (228pp) Elmore Leonard's Hollywood-tight prose works well in short fiction, and it is perhaps surprising that he hasn't written more of it. In this collection of nine short stories,...
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Books: Prophet and Loss Account ; Oracle Night by Paul Auster FABER & FABER Pounds 15.99 (243Pp) Pounds 13.99 (Plus Pounds 2.25 P&p per Order) from 0870 800 1122
Writers who publish a lot often reach might be called a dangerous proficiency. In this state, they can duplicate what they have done before, only on a lesser scale. John Updike spent the late 1990s in this zone. With his slender new novel, Paul Auster...
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Books: Swept Away by a Deluge of Decadence ; the Flood by Maggie Gee SAQI BOOKS Pounds 12.99 (341Pp) Pounds 11.99 (Plus Pounds 2.25 P&p per Order) from 0870 800 1122
Like Margaret Atwood, Maggie Gee has always shown a readiness to tackle ideas on a grand as well as a domestic scale. In The Ice People, Gee evoked a world in the throes of climactic catastrophe. She followed it in 2002 with the Orange Prize-shortlisted...
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Books: When Superpowers Scrap across the Board ; Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds & John Eidinow FABER & FABER Pounds 14.99 (302) Pounds 12.99 (Plus Pounds 2.25 P&p per Order) from 0870 800 1122
How do you follow a successful book about two philosophers whose intellectual differences become so heated that one threatened to assault the other with a red-hot poker? What made Edmonds and Eidinow's book Wittgenstein's Poker such an entertaining read...
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Britain's Man in Tashkent Wades Back into Controversy
BRITAIN'S AMBASSADOR to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has renewed his criticism of the former Soviet republic's human rights record. Mr Murray condemned a sentence imposed on the mother of a Muslim dissident killed in an Uzbek prison as another example of...
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BUSINESS ANALYSIS: BT Chief Hopes Call from NHS Will Boost His Group's Long-Term Health ; Telecoms Group Tries to Pull in New Contracts as Its Traditional Revenues Decline
BEN VERWAAYEN, the chief executive of BT Group, will be waiting by his phone next week for an extremely important hospital call. His own health is not in question, as far as we know, but rather, the problem is the future health of BT itself. The call...
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Campaign Gets Dirty as Muckrakers Turn over Kerry's Personal Life and Bush Troubles Return
THE UNITED STATES election is still almost nine months away. But if recent events are any guide, the campaign already promises to be the dirtiest on record - with much of the muckraking centred not on Iraq, but allegations of sexual infidelity and a...
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Centrica Profits Power to a Record Pounds 1bn
CENTRICA, the parent company of British Gas, yesterday announced profits of more than pounds 1bn for the first time but complained that the warm weather had prevented it from making even more money. The group, which also owns the AA breakdown service...
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Chess
One of the most interesting aspects of the recent Gibraltar Masters was the ever improving play of the Indian contingent. Surya Shekhar Ganguly, who will be 21 later this month, was second by himself behind Nigel Short and his victims included myself...
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Cookson, Queen of the Libraries, Is Deposed
CATHERINE COOKSON has lost her title as Britain's most borrowed author after a 17-year reign as queen of the libraries. She lost her throne to the children's writer Jacqueline Wilson in a coup said to prove that libraries are reaching new generations...
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Cricket: England A Foiled Again despite Mahmood Spell ; England A 210 India A 213-5 India A Win by Five Wickets
ENGLAND A slumped to their third successive defeat as their Indian counterparts coasted to a five-wicket win in the final one- day match in Chennai. England having posted a below-par 210 all out, Sridharan Sriram took his aggregate in the three-match...
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Cycling: Ullrich Turns the Corner to Challenge Armstrong
IF JAN ULLRICH looks a shade smug as he sits talking at one end of a dining room table in a German health resort in southern Mallorca, he is probably right to be. The 30-year-old Ullrich is now leading what is arguably the most powerful Tour de France...
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DRUGS IN SPORT: Chambers' Trainer Is Indicted in Steroids Trial
THE "DESIGNER steroid" scandal deepened yesterday as a federal grand jury in San Francisco charged four people on 42 counts of distributing banned steroids and growth hormones. One of those indicted is Remi Korchemny, the trainer of the British athlete...
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Embryo Science: Cloning Breakthrough Opens the Door to New Treatments - and to a Fierce Ethical Debate
IT IS an announcement that has divided scientists, politicians and pundits. Scientists have for the first time created human embryos by cloning adult cells, it was revealed yesterday. The report, published in the journal Science, said a team in South...
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Employers Hit out at New Pensions Bill
GOVERNMENT PLANS to tackle the crisis of confidence in Britain's pension savings met a poor response from employers, who fear they will be too costly and will accelerate the decline of final-salary schemes. The Pensions Bill, published yesterday, sets...
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Film: Also Showing
Osama (12A) Siddiq Barmak iiii8 Siddiq Barmak's stunning fable, already a Golden Globe winner, is the first film to be shot in Afghanistan since the demise of the Taliban. It presents, in stark, riveting images, a reminder of political oppression through...
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Film: Grace under Pressure ; NEW RELEASES: Dogville (15) Lars Von Trier (177 Mins) Iiii8; STARRING Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara
To those who welcome a Lars von Trier film with the same enthusiasm as root canal work, his latest, Dogville, will present an especially unappealing prospect. Set in a Depression-era mining town in the Rocky Mountains, the film is actually located on...
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Film: If at First You Don't Succeed. ; Naomi Watts Was a Wannabe Actress for Years. Now She's an Oscar Nominee. What Went Right? She Talks to FIONA MORROW
Two years ago, Naomi Watts was just another wannabe: a C-list actress running from audition to audition, dreaming of making it big in Hollywood. Now, with a Best Actress Oscar nomination to her name, Watts is proof that, at least for some, dreams do...
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Film: Poetry in Stop Motion ; No One Does Monsters like Ray Harryhausen. MATTHEW SWEET Meets the Godfather of Scary Special Effects
It began with a 100ft gorilla and a shy boy from Los Angeles with a thing for prehistoric tar-pits and creatures from outer space. It ended with a Gorgon with a face modelled on Joan Crawford, Laurence Olivier playing Zeus, and the destruction of Argos...
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Film: The Movie That Killed FilmFour ; Robin Williams Seeks Revenge on a Purple Rhino. How Could Anyone - Including RYAN GILBEY - Have Thought That Was a Good Idea?
Sitting down to review Danny DeVito's black comedy Death to Smoochy in 2002, I started with this line: "Few films can please all the people all the time. But Death to Smoochy surely has a better chance than most." All I will say now, nearly two years...
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Film: The Ten Best Westerns
1PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID Sam Peckinpah (1973) Assume everyone knows the story - how Garrett and the Kid are set up in deadly rivalry to dramatise the modernising of the West - and then the beauty of this slow, circling movie settles in. It is meant...
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FitzGerald to Bow out at Unilever as Foods Giant Shifts Strategy
UNILEVER SURPRISED the City yesterday with the news that Niall FitzGerald, its co-chairman, is to retire early as it abandoned its key sales target after failing to hit it last year. Mr FitzGerald, 58, will be replaced by Patrick Cescau, the Frenchman...
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Football: Dark Days Ahead for Debt-Ridden Scottish Clubs ; Dunfermline the Latest Club under Threat of Administration as the SPL Encounters Massive Financial Hardship
SPONSORS, WHETHER on club shirts or trophies, come and go. The Bank of Scotland, however, may yet rue the day that it put its name to the Scottish Premier League. Soon, the bank's sponsorship agreement with the SPL will come to an end. The only question...
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Football: Ferguson Woes Mount as `Leprechaun' Looms ; Manchester United Manager Watches His Back amid Off-Field Intrigue as Allardyce's Ingenuity Is Overturned
HIS TEAM have got the jitters. His outstanding midfielder is in danger of suspension for brawling. His club is being stalked by an American nicknamed Leprechaun. And his future remains uncertain because of a horse. If the dog gets run over and the crops...
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Football: Forget the Myth - Giant-Killers Are Alive and Kicking
THEY BURIED the man in the trilby hat who wore the mackintosh over his tracksuit. Bob Stokoe's funeral on Tuesday was a poignant occasion, a time to remember someone who lifted the FA Cup as a player with Newcastle and then, 18 years later, steered Sunderland...
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Football: Hoddle Remains Option for Lowe
SOUTHAMPTON'S MOVE for Glenn Hoddle is almost certainly on hold until the end of the season, although the chairman, Rupert Lowe, has admitted that he has met Hoddle as he seeks a replacement for Gordon Strachan. Lowe decided to pull back from naming...
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Football: Non-League Notebook Conference's Best Can Take Heart despite Heavy Defeat
PAUL FAIRCLOUGH insists he took plenty of positives from the England National Game XI's latest international, despite their 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Italian Under-23s at Shrewsbury on Wednesday. Despite Telford United hosting Millwall in the FA...
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Football: Offside Loophole to Be Outlawed
SAM ALLARDYCE'S inventive demonstration of the absurdity of the latest interpretation of the offside law is likely to be outlawed at an emergency summit meeting this morning. At Leicester on Tuesday the Bolton Wanderers manager instructed his players...
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Football: Ronaldo and Viana Picked to Face England
THE PORTUGAL coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has recalled the Manchester United youngster Cristiano Ronaldo and Newcastle's Hugo Viana to the senior team after they played in two qualifiers for the Under-21 European Championship. Portugal play England on...
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Football: The Greatest Fa Cup Shocks of All Time
Walsall 2 Arsenal 0 14 January 1933 Fielding a weakened side in the FA Cup is not a new gamble but it is one Herbert Chapman came to regret. Internationals Eddie Hapgood, Bob John and Jack Lambert were rested for an encounter in the mud at Fellows Park,...
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FORGOTTEN HEROES: THELMA HOLT ; on the Theatre Impresario Sir Peter Daubeny
Who was he? A theatre manager and theatre impresario. Sir Peter Daubeny (1921- 75) was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and educated at Marlborough. He was a Polish fighter pilot in the Second World War, lost an arm, and stayed in England after the war. What...
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Former Marine Admits Abducting Girl, 12, He Met in Net Chatroom
A FORMER US Marine has admitted abducting a 12-year-old girl he met in an internet chatroom. Toby Studabaker, 32, of Three Rivers, Michigan, established e- mail contact with the child when she was 11 and communicated with her via her school computer...
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Friday Law Report: Judge's Findings as to Claimant's Honesty Were Unjustified ; 13 February 2004 Vogon International Ltd V Serious Fraud Office Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice May and Lord Justice Jonathan Parker) 4 February 2004
WHILST THE judge's construction of the contract between the parties had been correct and he had therefore rightly dismissed the claimant's claim, he should not have made unjustified findings as to the claimant's intentions and honesty. The Court of Appeal...
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Garnier Blasts `Greedy' Lawyers over Huge Legal Settlements
JEAN-PIERRE GARNIER, the chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, lashed out at "greedy" lawyers and a "broken" justice system in the US, as giant legal settlements contributed to a disappointing set of figures from Europe's largest drug maker. GSK shares...
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Gates Donates Pounds 44m to Find TB Vaccine
BILL GATES, the world's richest man, is to donate $82.9m (pounds 44m) to help scientists develop a new vaccine against tuberculosis, a disease that kills nearly two million people each year. The grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the...
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Golf: Davies Beats First-Round Nerves
LAURA DAVIES may have won four majors and a total of 56 women's tournaments but nothing quite prepared her for the pressures of being the first woman to tee off in a European Tour event. The former world No 1 said she hardly slept on the eve of her first...
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Hail to the Chiefs: Radiohead Reign over Indie Music as They See off White Stripes Challenge
RADIOHEAD REGAINED their crowns as kings of the indie music scene last night when they surprisingly beat off newer bands to win the NME award for best album. They received the most nominations - five - for the awards and emerged with two prizes, triumphing...
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Instant Taste Test for Counterfeit Whisky
TO THE enthusiastic connoisseur the oak tint and peaty aroma of a Bunnahabin island single malt sets it a universe apart from the average blended Scotch. But thousands of drinkers unknowingly glug their way through an annual pounds 400m a year of counterfeit...
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Israel Boycotts Hearings over Fence
ISRAEL DECIDED yesterday to boycott hearings of the International Court of Justice on the legality of its West Bank fence. A ministerial committee, headed by Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister, stuck to a document it submitted last month, which argued...
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Last Night's Television: How the Other Half Lives ; ALEX BEST: MY LIFE WITH GEORGE C4; WIRE IN THE BLOOD ITV1
TV will eat itself. TV has already tucked in, in fact, and is guzzling away: there is nothing TV likes talking about more than itself; there are no people it likes more than TV people; having been on TV is all the qualification you need for being on...
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Leading Article: Mr Howard Has Put the Tories Back in Contention, but They Still Lack a Coherent Pitch
IAIN DUNCAN SMITH was right about one thing. When he became Conservative leader, he said that most people would form an impression of him in his first three months, and that after that it would be hard for him to change perceptions. Although he did some...
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Leading Article: This Cowardly Decision Demeans Impartial Justice
THE DECISION to refuse Maxine Carr permission to serve the rest of her sentence with an electronic tag under home curfew is so unreasonable that it is a kindness to accuse Martin Narey of succumbing to political pressure. It is profoundly wrong that...
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Le Pen Faces Cote d'Azur Poll Ban Plot in Election Battle over Poll Ban
THE VETERAN French far-right leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, may be barred from standing in potentially explosive regional elections in the south of France next month after failing to prove that he is a taxpayer in the region. M. Le Pen, 75, has proclaimed...
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Letter: Learning the Lessons of a Successful Apprenticeship
Sir: I am in entire agreement with Deborah Orr's piece "Sweeping up those children bored by school' (10 February) and have high hopes of the forthcoming Junior Apprenticeships. I did an aviation engineering apprenticeship during the Second World War...
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Market Report: Market Movers
bRolls-Royce 213p (up 27.75p, 14.9 per cent). The aerospace giant posts forecast-busting full-year figures prompting analysts to upgrade their forecasts. bBAE Systems 176p (up 10p, 6.0 per cent). Recent upgrade from Merrill Lynch continues to drive the...
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MARKET REPORT: Merrill's Bullish Note Proves to Be a Banker for Schroders
MERRILL LYNCH gave Schroders a welcome boost yesterday and left shares in the fund management giant among the best performers in the FTSE 100. Schroders' stock has languished since the group issued its third- quarter figures in November. Meanwhile, global...
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Meet America's Answer to Mondeo Man ; He Shouts, He Swears and He's Never Happier Than When He's Chugging a Beer at the Local Race-Track. He's Also the Man the Democrats Are Counting on to Swing the Vote Their Way in November. Andrew Buncombe Meets NASCAR Man
As the cars come off Turn Four, there is barely a moment to prepare oneself for their arrival. The engines scream as the vehicles approach 190mph. There is a smell of burning rubber, a shuddering blast of wind, a faceful of dust, should you dare to get...
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Michael Jackson Close to Bankruptcy with Debts of $70M
THE MAN from Neverland is living on the never-never. Michael Jackson's financial advisers disclosed yesterday that the singer is all but broke and unable to repay a $70m (pounds 37m) loan that is due next Tuesday. Though the beleaguered singer - who...
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Motor Racing: Button's `Sense of Balance' May Solve Williams Driver Dilemma
SIR FRANK WILLIAMS' face would never be the first to crack in a poker game. Yesterday the man who merely smiled when one of his cars won him his first grand prix, 25 years ago this July, resolutely stonewalled questions about driver choice for 2005 and...
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Nigeria's Prosecution of E-Mail Con-Artists Becomes the Target of Bribery Attempts
"Request for urgent business relationship: I solicit your utmost confidence in this transaction. It is confidential and Top Secret ..." NIGERIA IS notorious for the advance-fee fraud, like the one above, in which individuals are offered huge rewards...
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Obituary: Annabel Farjeon ; Writer, Critic and Dancer with a Formidable Cultural Inheritance
A FAMILY rich in artistic talent on all sides could be a daunting prospect for a small girl. Annabel Farjeon seized her inheritance with energy and imagination. She was born Eve Annabel Farjeon in 1919, at Bucklebury, Berkshire, the middle child of the...
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Obituary: Norman Shrapnel ; `Guardian' Correspondent and Critic
"THE HOUSE was grave. . .But that does not mean it was depressed. Far from it. It was exalted as well as grave . . . Now it has become a Grand Committee of National Safety, willing to back Mr Churchill and his colleagues to the utmost limit . . ." So...
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Obituary: Ryszard Kuklinski ; Cold War Spy for the West
IT BEGAN with an envelope that arrived at the American Embassy in Bonn in August 1972, postmarked in the German North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven. Inside was a letter written in an approximation of English by someone describing himself as "an foregen MAF...
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Obituary: Sieglinde Wagner ; Operatic Contralto and Concert Singer
SIEGLINDE WAGNER, a genuine contralto (they are a rare species) had a wide range, enabling her to sing many mezzo roles as well. Her long career lasted for 44 years, and 34 of those years were spent in Berlin at the Deutsche Oper. Her large repertory...
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One Plus One Equals a Couple? Mathematical Formula Reveals the Secret of a Happy Marriage
AFTER DECADES of thinking that the secret of a happy marriage lies in looks, lust or lucre, it seems that marital success is dependent on something altogether more calculating - a mathematical formula. An Anglo-American team of psychologists and mathematicians...
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Outlook: Hard Act to Follow as FitzGerald Quits Unilever
IT'S HARD even to make a difference at a company as vast, entrenched and bureaucratic as Unilever once was, let alone transform it, yet that's the challenge Niall FitzGerald set himself when he became chairman and chief executive of the foods and hygiene...
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Outlook: Pensions Timebomb
THE MASS extinction of traditional, final salary pension schemes may already be an unstoppable phenomenon, but yesterday's pensions bill - Simplicity, Security and Choice - will do nothing to slow the slaughter. To the contrary, it seems destined only...
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Outlook: Rolls-Royce Shocker
SOMETHING WENT badly wrong at Rolls-Royce yesterday. The aero- engine maker announced a set of results and its shares went up. In fact, they took off like one of the RAF Tornados Rolls' engines power, ending the day as the best performer in the FTSE...
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Out-of-Date Ethics Won't Help Us Grasp the Full Implications of Human Cloning ; to Speak of Tiny Genetic Packages, Incapable of Pain or Thought, as People Requires Reference to the Supernatural
The news from South Korea this week should be greeted by all rational beings as a cue to glug champagne and hug children. The beginning of therapeutic cloning is potentially as vast a human achievement as organ transplantation, the contraceptive pill...
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Patient's Death `Reveals Institutional Racism' in NHS
A BLEAK picture of "institutional racism" in the NHS was painted yesterday in a report into the death of a schizophrenic black man who died after being restrained by staff in a mental health clinic. The report into the death of David "Rocky" Bennett...
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Politics: One Hundred Days in the Life of a Tory Leader Thirsty for Power ; MICHAEL HOWARD His Party Has Enjoyed a Revival in the Polls - but How Much Closer Is He to Downing St?
IT WAS Iain Duncan Smith who said that party leaders have only a few months to convince the voters that they are up to the job. He failed the test, but his successor, Michael Howard, reaches his 100 days as Tory leader today in better shape. Mr Howard's...
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Politics: PM: 15 Years until We Save Public Services
TONY BLAIR was accused of promising "jam tomorrow" on public services after he admitted that it would take 15 years to bring Britain's school buildings up to the highest standard. The Prime Minister also conceded that the Government had failed to get...
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Politics: Professors of Plumbing Are a Very Good Thing, to a Certain Degree ; THE SKETCH
"I DON'T accept it is a mess," some young hound on the government front bench said. What he would accept is that "there are many, many challenges ahead of us". In other words it's a mess. You don't need a university education to deduce that. The House...
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Politics: Senior Civil Servants Win Inflation-Busting Pay Rises
TONY BLAIR'S annual salary will rise to pounds 179,000 in a pay round which will award above inflation increases to senior civil servants, the Prime Minister announced yesterday. Mr Blair said that from April, MPs and ministers will receive a pay rise...
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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Sometime in the late 1960s, the painter Philip Guston had a kind of aesthetic breakdown. The Abstract Expressionist style in which he'd been painting (highly successfully) for nearly two decades had lost all potency for him. It had come to seem inadequate...
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Pounds 2bn Farm Subsidy Reforms to Reduce Food Mountains
ENGLISH FARMERS are to have their various EU subsidies rolled up into a single payment based on the area that they farm, rather than on what they produce, the Government announced yesterday. The change, which will be brought in over eight years, is intended...
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Racing: Sporazene Backed to Outshine Booster
IT WAS a breeze for Edredon Bleu as he signed off for the season at Wincanton yesterday but a chillier gust has got behind another jumping great in Rooster Booster. He is drifting relentlessly in the betting for tomorrow's pounds 125,000 Tote Gold Trophy...
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REVIEW: JAZZ - Ramon Valle Trio Pizza Express Jazz Club London Oooo9
Like grand pianos, there's only so much room for players of the dignity and elegance of Ramon Valle. They need space around them; they dominate the auditorium; they command that you listen. It's like dining at a three Michelin-starred restaurant - a...
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Review: Opera - Whipping Up a Storm ; the Tempest Royal Opera House London Oooo9
As composers, critics and other interested parties have been queuing up to say in print in the past weeks, nothing so far in the career of Thomas Ades has needed to matter as much as this world premiere of his new opera, The Tempest. And as nothing in...
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REVIEW: POP - the Sleepy Jackson Astoria London Oo999
Like the Flaming Lips, whose long-awaited Christmas on Mars project is due some time this year, The Sleepy Jackson's leader, Luke Steele, apparently has ambitions to make a film. As you might expect from the man who made one of 2003's friskiest albums,...
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REVIEW: THEATRE - the Crucible Crucible Theatre Sheffield Oooo9
Salem comes to Sheffield and the theatre space of The Crucible seems too bare and revealing for Arthur Miller's claustrophobic dramatic parable of the same name. After all a crucible is meant to contain material heated up to the highest temperature,...
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Rock & Pop: New Releases
Laura Veirs Carbon Glacier BELLA UNION iiiii With Carbon Glacier, Laura Veirs has created an album with a strong, singular sense of place: the place being the Pacific Northwest of America, from the Colorado Rockies where she grew up, west to Seattle...
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Rock & Pop: Rappers' Delight ; at Home He's Compared to Ali G, but in America Tim Westwood Is a Hip- Hop Icon. IAN BURRELL Hangs out with the DJ in New York
The snow is lying more than eight inches thick in Manhattan, and Tim "Big Dawg, Pit Bull" Westwood scampers like a puppy through the drifts. On the roof of New York City's greatest rap venue, the gangling BBC Radio 1 DJ hurls snowballs at graffiti-covered...
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Rock & Pop: She Should Be So Lucky ; in 2000, Sia Was Hailed as the Best Thing to Come out of Australia since Kylie. It Proved a Lot to Live Up to, She Tells DAN GENNOE
She may be small, but Sia Furler makes a lot of noise. Much to the annoyance of the other diners in this swish north-London restaurant- pub, the ambience has been shattered by her uncontrollable laughter. Undeterred, the diminutive 28-year-old Adelaide-born...
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Rock & Pop: Symphonies for the Devil ; Explosions in the Sky Are Part of a Wave of Bands Taking Rock to New Extremes, Says KEVIN HARLEY. Just Don't Call Them `Prog'
Atmospheric conditions are traditionally volatile at this time of year. Certainly over Texas, at any rate, where Explosions in the Sky hail from - although you couldn't imagine four more mildly-mannered men tearing thunderous levels of noise and beauty...
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Rugby League: Bulls Must Be Exceptional to Unsettle Panthers ; Bradford Have to Rely on Youth in Tough Test against Transformed Penrith
THERE IS just the one similarity between the Penrith Panthers of 2004 and the side that came to Britain to contest the World Club Challenge 13 years ago; they share the same name. The Panthers of 1991 came here on an ill-disguised end-of-season jolly....
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Rugby Union: Aggression Is Feature of Italian Rugby as It Suits Our Fiery Nature ; Emanuele Palladino, a Professional Rugby Union Player for Roma, Talks about the Game in Italy as They Prepare to Tackle England This Weekend
I REMEMBER taking a cab when I arrived in Italy to take up my contract with Roma rugby club. During the hair-raising ride the driver politely asked me what I did. When I told him I was a rugby union player, a brief pause was followed by a hesitant response:...
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Rugby Union: Murray Puts Performance above Result as Scotland Rebuild Confidence
THE SCOTLAND lock Scott Murray insists a good performance is more important than winning when they take on Wales in Cardiff in their Six Nations opener tomorrow. After an indifferent World Cup, the Scots hope to rebuild their confidence under the coach...
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Rugby Union: Woodward Dismisses Springbok Rumours ; Coach Pours Scorn on South African Whispers as England Prepare for Six Nations Opener
CLIVE WOODWARD had quite enough on his mind yesterday without being written up as the central character in one of the more bizarre sporting yarns of recent years. Reports in South Africa claimed England's World Cup-winning coach had expressed a keen...
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Spotlight Musicians' Dress
How can people talk about "seeing" a concert? Unless you're unfortunate enough to be deaf, concerts are all about hearing. Or are they? A vexatious issue that never strays far from orchestral agendas is the problem of visual identity. That inevitably...
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Strategy Dictates That Vodafone Will Lodge AT&T Wireless Bid
VODAFONE IS expected to submit an offer today for AT&T Wireless, the US mobile phone company, worth about $35bn. Shareholders in the world's largest mobile operator have expressed concern that Vodafone risks overpaying for AT&T. This could have a serious...
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Sunshine in a Pill: The Oil's Benefits
COD LIVER oil probably works in two different ways in preventing arthritis. It is a rich source of vitamin D and of n-3 fatty acids - these substances modify immune reactions in the body and help to prevent the body being attacked by itself in what is...
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Surprise: Rolls-Royce Results Finally Please City
THE AERO-ENGINE maker Rolls-Royce delighted the markets yesterday by reporting better-than-expected profits, forecasting a further increase in earnings this year and reiterating its target of achieving margins of 10 per cent. Rolls' shares surged 15...
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The Biography of the Remedy That Changed the World - Cod Liver Oil ; Suffering from an Ear Infection? Stress? Dicky Ticker? Turn, Then, to the Cloying Amber Fluid Detested by Children through the Years. and Yesterday It Emerged It Can Defeat Arthritis
THEY'RE NOT yet saying it can enable you to stop a bullet or leap tall buildings but it's not far short of that. Yet another medical triumph for cod liver oil was announced yesterday (accompanied by the rather forward claim that the later life of the...
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The Fantasy of Democracy in an Arab State ; Arab States Are Largely Squalid, Corrupt, Brutal Dictatorships. No Surprise There. We Created Most of These Dictators
For democracy, read fantasy. Iraq is getting so nasty for our great leaders these days that anything - and anyone - is going to be thrown to the dogs to save them. The BBC, the CIA, British intelligence - any journalist that dares to point out the lies...
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THE FRIDAY BOOK: A Balance between Perfection and Variety ; the Secret Power of Beauty John Armstrong Allen Lane, Pounds 12.99
WHAT IS beauty? The slim frame of Kate Moss or one of Titian's large ladies; the Parthenon or the Lloyd's building? A search for its ingredients is almost as old as philosophy itself. Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician who lived in the sixth century...
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