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 October 2, 2012

Anglo Tops Blue Chips despite Mine Strife
MARKET REPORT Angry miners and Anglo American will come face to face today. The long-running unrest in South Africa's platinum mining belt around the town of Rustenberg enters its next stage today when Anglo calls for its miners to attend a disciplinary...
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Anyone but Berlusconi: Italy Begs Unelected Monti to Stay
Spectre of former PM is boosting popularity of leader parachuted in by European Union Two political leaders have joined calls for Italy's unelected technocrat Prime Minister, Mario Monti, to stay on in some form after next spring's general election to...
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Axe Finally Falls on JJB with Abrupt Loss of 2,200 Jobs
JJB Sports has become the latest high street retailer to cease trading after administrators closed 133 stores yesterday, with the loss of 2,200 jobs.The extent of the job losses and the abrupt store closures were worse than many in the City had expected.Administrators...
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Back with an Apology - and Arnie Still Has Half an Eye on White House
Film star admits in new book that he fathered illegitimate child while Governor of California Calling it "the stupidest thing I've done" but seeming only vaguely apologetic, Arnold Schwarzenegger has told how he fathered an illegitimate child with his...
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Bae Merger Stalls as Investors Wrangle
Instead of moving closer to reality, the prospects of creating the world's biggest aerospace and defence group with EADS have actually receded, says Tom Bawden It was meant to be the first day of the big push, to make their proposed 30bn aerospace and...
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Balls Can't Risk the Too-Much-Information Trap
Labour conference Iread or hear persistently that we do not know enough about Labour's policies. The lofty observation is nonsense, partly because the next election is probably more than two years away. More to the point, we know quite a lot already.For...
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Balls Swallows a Frog - and Strokes Labour's Soft Spots
DONALD MACINTYRE'S SKETCH Ed Balls got the hard part over at the beginning, paying tribute to "the strength of purpose and moral conviction" of "my friend, our leader, Britain's next Prime Minister, Ed Miliband". As Mark Twain said, if you eat a live...
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Brother David Anxious to Sing from the Same Hymn Sheet
The Labour Conference DIARY As the camera scans the audience during Ed Miliband's big speech this afternoon, one face it will not alight on is David Miliband's. Aware of the damage it could cause if he were to be caught with one facial muscle out of...
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Caught on Camera: The Predatory Men Stalking Moscow
The city's women have had enough of daily harassment - and a new secret weapon is turning the tables. By Shaun Walker Propositioned in parks, perved on when riding the metro and harassed by unwanted suitors while simply walking down the street.Such...
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Cherish the Grey Army of Volunteers - We Couldn't Do without Them
NOTEBOOK Within the next 10 years, the global population of oldsters (defined by the UN as over-60s) will reach one billion. There are already more over-60s than under-fives on the planet, which explains why films like Hope Springs - in which Meryl Streep...
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Danedream Denied Arc Defence by Infection Scare
RACING Disaster struck Danedream last night when her defence of Europe's richest prize was derailed by an outbreak of an infection at her local racecourse. Officials said that the filly, who had been due to return to Paris on Sunday as one of the favourites...
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'Disappointing' Start for Bank Lending Scheme
The Bank of England's Funding for Lending (FLS) scheme made a "disappointing" start in August as loans to businesses and households dropped by 5bn, experts said yesterday.The steep fall contrasts with an average monthly 900m rise in lending over the...
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Does Anyone like Modern Classical Music?
In 2008 a work of nonfiction became a New York Times bestseller and went on to sell some 250,000 copies worldwide. It's a familiar story, with one crucial difference: the book was a history of 20th- century classical music. Alex Ross's The Rest Is Noise...
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Don't Get Caught Out-of-Bounds
Ryder Cup #1 Smitten by Europe's epic comeback at Medinah on Sunday? Here's our brief blaggers' guide to the game for Johnny- Daly-come-lately golf fans When England won The Ashes in 2005, cricket won a brigade of new fans. Will the drama of Europe's...
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Don't Mistake an Amazing Sporting Triumph for the European Ideal
The Ryder Cup At a time when the whole future of the European Union as a functioning entity has been thrown into doubt, the astonishing Ryder Cup victory of "Team Europe" against the USA must come as a desperately needed psychological fillip to those...
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Double Poll Blow Casts Shadow over Miliband's Big Day
EXCLUSIVE * Only one in five thinks leader has what it takes to be PM * Labour trusted even less than Tories to run economy Only 22 per cent believe Miliband would be a good Prime Minister Only two out of 10 people believe that Ed Miliband has what it...
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England's Young Apprentices Are Ruthlessly Eliminated by Malinga
SRI LANKA 169-6 Jayawardene 42; Broad 3-32 ENGLAND 150-9 Patel 67; Malinga 5-31 Sri Lanka win by 19 runs England, the champions, went out of the World Twenty20 last night. Needing to beat Sri Lanka to qualify for the semi-finals they fell short by 19...
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Ferguson: Foreign Players Are More Likely to Take a Dive
United manager hits back at Aguero claims but is more agitated by his side's poor form Sir Alex Ferguson claimed last night that overseas players are more likely to dive than those from Britain, as he responded to complaints from Manchester City's Sergio...
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First the Rumours, Now the Allegations in Full: Savile Is Accused of Sexually Abusing Girls
Documentary expands on claims that surfaced after broadcaster's death as BBC bosses feel heat over 'cover-up'. By Adam Sherwin When Sir Jimmy Savile's death was announced last October, Cabinet ministers and the Prince of Wales led the tributes to one...
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From 12 Ryder Heroes, Poulter Stands Alone as Seve's Successor
We may never see again quite the memorial to one sporting life which was literally written in the sky here as 12 European golfers created something inevitably to be known as the Miracle of Medinah.But then if the message towed among the clouds commanded,...
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Giuseppe Penone Whitechapel Gallery/ Haunch of Venison, London ****/ ****
"A shelter, a ceiling of trees, a floor of trees, a wall of trees." This is a line from a poem by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. Repeating The Forest was written in 1969 at the height of the movement dubbed Arte Povera (Poor Art) by critic Germano Celant....
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Hartley Injury Adds to England's Hooker Trouble
RUGBY UNION England's plans for the forthcoming autumn matches against the cream of the southern hemisphere suffered more disruption yesterday when it was confirmed that their most experienced front-row forward, the Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley,...
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Has He Still Got It?
THE CANDIDATES He's no longer the irresistible electoral force he was in 2008. But Barack Obama can still connect with voters When Barack Obama stood before the throng in Grant Park on the edge of Lake Michigan in Chicago on that cool night in November...
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High Stakes for Presidential Candidates in First TV Debate
AMERICA DECIDES Against a background buzz of mixed polling numbers and increased sniping over foreign policy, the two candidates for the American presidency were in virtual lockdown yesterday cramming for tomorrow night's televised debate that may be...
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Hughes under Pressure as Rangers' Rearguard Cracks
QUEEN'S PARK RANGERS 1 Taarabt 57 WEST HAM UNITED 2 Jarvis 3, Vaz Te 35 Queen's Park Rangers gave away a pair of 3-D glasses with their match-day programme last night. Unfortunately for their supporters, they have no transformative effect when viewing...
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I Don't Deny I'm Ambitious, Says the Rising Star of Labour
Labour is drawing inspiration from Germany to create a new industrial strategy for Britain to provide a future model for the economy, the shadow Business Secretary said last night.Speaking at The Independent fringe meeting, Chuka Umunna said Labour was...
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If a Top Executive Dumps Shares, We Should Be Told Why
INVESTMENT VIEW IG GROUPOUR VIEW: SELLPRICE:449.3PINTERMEDIATE CAPITALOUR VIEW: HOLDPRICE:303.6PWhat do you do if an executive dumps half his stake in a company you've invested in? My natural inclination would be to follow their lead, in which case you...
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If You're Reading This Letter
Writing a farewell to her family in case of her death didn't come easily to Terri Judd. But she has since come to see the immense comfort these last words can bring Half a bottle of Rioja down and things were not looking good. It was the eve of the invasion...
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Ikea Airbrushes Women from Its Saudi Catalogue
Swedish furniture giant criticised for removing images in bid not to upset Arab customers The Swedish lifestyle and furniture giant Ikea came under fierce press and government criticism yesterday after it emerged the company had removed all images of...
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I Knew It Wasn't 'Just a Pimple'
When Emily Jupp noticed an unusual mole on her leg, doctors insisted it was nothing serious. But it turned out to be melanoma. Now recovered, she wants to help other young people with cancer get diagnosed faster I remember the deep, precise cut across...
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I'm a Celebrity - Get Me in There!
McCartney rocks the A-list in Paris Stella treats her dad and Olympic stars to a spirited collection as profits rise You have to hand it to Stella McCartney, she gives good front row. In a season where A-listers have elsewhere been less present than...
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It's Art All Right - but Is It Modern?
From a holy puppet to a Malibu palace, and contemporary or not, this year's crop of Turner Prize hopefuls get Zoe Pilger's approval What makes this piece contemporary?" an interviewer asks perfowrmance artist Spartacus Chetwynd, 39, who lives and works...
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It's a Seductive Business, Hiving off Aspects of Your Personality
THE WAY WE LIVE It is oddly reassuring to have a chirpy, bounderish character at the heart of the Tory administration. Rather as the 1980s and 1990s were funnier, in a grim sort of way, when Jeffrey Archer was skipping across the political stage, so...
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Jens Lekman Hackney Empire, London ***
Swedish folk-pop minstrel Jens Lekman raises a glass of white wine - this is his 500th live show. He may be a prolific performer, but he's taken his time in the studio: five years for the new album, I Know What Love Isn't. Many of those songs are of...
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Lampard Is Still Part of My Plan, Says Di Matteo
Chelsea midfielder set to start tonight after being left out of team for Stoke and Arsenal As the changing of the guard continues apace at Chelsea, the long- serving Frank Lampard was last night assured that he still has a part to play under the new...
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Langer Miss Gave Kaymer the Strength to Sink That Crucial Putt
Chat with fellow German turns around fortunes and mood of match- winner The huddle was almost Poulter-like in scale. A sea of outstretched arms bearing recording devices crashing against the dais to seek the testimony of the man whose putt sealed the...
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Malcolm Wicks
MP who fought for the young and the elderly When the obituaries editor of The Independent invites me to contribute an obituary of a parliamentary colleague it is my custom to garner opinions from three or four contemporary colleagues of the subject....
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Man Who Died in Custody Shown Pleading for Mercy on CCTV
A young man who died in custody less than 45 minutes after ringing 999 for help was captured on CCTV pleading for mercy, an inquest into his death has been shown.Jacob Michael, 25, died in a police cell after being pepper sprayed and restrained by police...
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Mining Mega-Merger Set to Go Ahead despite Investor Qualms
Shareholders are set to approve Glencore and Xstrata's long- awaited 56bn merger agreement after eight months of talks, despite substantial opposition to the deal, a leading investor predicted yesterday.At least three significant Xstrata shareholders...
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Mo on a Mission to Inspire a Generation to Get off the Couch
ATHLETICS Double gold medallist calls for more sports facilities and is shocked by UK life expectancy fall Mo Farah has a mission. He wants to find a way of finishing what he began over the course of two unforgettably raucous Saturday evenings in east...
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Never Mind David, Get Behind Ed
LEADING ARTICLE The speech that Ed Miliband will deliver to Labour's annual conference today is sadly likely to be judged by criteria not only that he cannot meet, but which may not even matter. His predicament is that while his party is outscoring the...
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No Tiger in Team after Another Awful Cup
Even the bookies are unhappy with Woods for sportingly handing Europe outright victory Played 33, won 13, lost 17, halved 3. Tiger Woods would rather listen to Justin Timberlake's poetry recitals than play in the Ryder Cup. The USA's only victory in...
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'Offensive (and Not Funny)'
BBC finally puts the brakes on Clarkson Presenter's remark that car looked like 'person with facial growths' breached Corporation's guidelines In his time, Jeremy Clarkson has mocked Korean automobile workers for eating dogs and Malaysian ones for wearing...
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Only the Beginning of a Pensions Revolution
LEADING ARTICLE The concept of employees needing to opt out of saving for their old age, rather than opt in, is indeed a revolutionary one. But although the blandly named "automatic enrolment" scheme that starts today is being heralded by many as the...
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Over the Hill? Come to Bexhill, Where Life Begins at 100
It's been named the borough with the highest concentration of centenarians. Liam O'Brien grows old (for a day) in 'God's waiting room' There's a saying in Bexhill-on-Sea that people retire there to live out their last days and then forget what they came...
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Poulter: All My Life I've Been Told I'd Never Be Anything
The tributes poured in for Ian Poulter. The one that meant the most to him shall forever remain secret. It was delivered by his Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal in an emotional embrace by the 18th green. Olazabal had suggested a statue be erected...
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Professor Eric Hobsbawm
Historian acclaimed as one of the finest of the 20th century Eric Hobsbawm was one of the leading historians of the 20th century, perhaps even more highly regarded outside than inside the British Isles. He was a Marxist throughout his adult life and...
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Rape Accused Was Victim of Forensics Error, Regulator Finds
Man spent months on remand after technician failed to follow basic laboratory procedures An innocent man spent months wrongly accused of rape because of a blunder at Britain's largest private forensic science testing centre, an official report revealed...
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Revealed: How Americans Put McIlroy Back on Course
Had PGA officials and policeman not found world No 1, Europe would have lost trophy RYDER CUP Americans save McIlroy from disaster It was America that won it. Rory McIlroy has two quick-thinking officials from the PGA of America and Lombard deputy police...
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Right's Mr Wrong
THE CANDIDATES Mitt Romney has had rocky campaign so far. But the wealthy Republican candidate shouldn't be written off yet Mitt Romney comes from a distinguished line of political disappointment. As Governor of Michigan, his father, George Romney, made...
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Scientists Create GM Cow to Cut Milk Allergies in Children
Calf was cloned with extra genetic material that 'switches off' the protein allergen Scientists have created a genetically modified (GM) cow that produces milk with low levels of a protein known to cause allergic reactions in a significant proportion...
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Sizzling Chemistry and Razor-Sharp Wit in a Fresh, Stylish Take on Coward
This year's Chichester season ends on a high with Jonathan Kent's wonderfully fresh, stylish, and razor-sharp account of Nol Coward's finest comedy. It's the best Private Lives we have seen since Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan struck sparks off each...
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Soldier Who Survived IRA Hyde Park Blast Kills His Children
Son and daughter of cavalryman who rode the horse Sefton in attack are found dead A family last night spoke of their devastation after two children were found stabbed to death in a country lane next to the body of their father, a former Household Cavalry...
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The Devil I Know by Claire Kilroy Faber & Faber, Pounds 12 99
Claire Kilroy's fourth novel is cryptic and exuberant and angry and allegorical and satirical all at once. It begins with a bang, a plane crash in which no one dies (or so it seems). Among the passengers is Tristram St Lawrence, linguist, recovering...
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The Greatest Political Showdown on Earth
It's make-or-break time in the world's most important, and expensive, election. On the eve of tomorrow's televised debate between the presidential candidates (the first of three), Rupert Cornwell looks forward to a momentous month The largest, the longest,...
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Theatre Royal, York ****
Alan Sillitoe's 1959 short story gave a new voice to a new type of person: white, working class and angry. Its film adaptation three years later provided the formidable Tom Courtenay with his first big break in the title role of the young borstal boy...
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There's a Ray of Light in This Sorry Saga of Corporate Excess at Glencore and Xstrata
OUTLOOK Could something good come from the takeover of Xstrata by Glencore, up until now an example of everything that is bad about modern multi-national corporations and how they are governed?Yesterday, Xstrata's increasingly fractious band of shareholders...
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Top Banker among Four Charged in Pounds 3m Insider Trading Case
Former Treasury adviser Martyn Dodgson facing prosecution over long-running conspiracy Four men, including one of the most senior bankers in the City, were charged yesterday with insider trading by the leading finance watchdog.The Financial Services...
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USA-B-C: A Transatlantic Political Glossary
The language of US politics is different from ours. This A-to-Z of key terms may help you to make sense of it all AABSENTEE VOTINGThe Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act allows voters who cannot come to polling places a means to cast...
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We've Won the Election, Says Georgia Opposition
The billionaire opposition leader of Georgia claimed victory in the country's parliamentary election last night after exit polls gave his "Georgian Dream" coalition a shock lead.Bidzina Ivanishvili's success, if confirmed, would deal a stunning blow...
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What the Voters Say: Meet Our 2012 Panel
In the coming month, 20 voters will share their thoughts on the campaign with our readers. Here are a few of them . . . JAKE DUHAIME, 28. Publicity and special projects manager, votes in Massachusetts2008: DID NOT VOTE2012: PLANS TO VOTE ROMNEYI'd like...
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Why You Can't Make a Meal from a Packet of Ready Salted
LIFE ON MARSDEN "Would you like to upgrade that to a Meal Deal?" It's a question that makes me sigh and yearn for simpler days when we hunted and gathered, made coarsely woven baskets and spent evenings marvelling at flint.I regard Meal Deals as point-of-sale...
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Wilshere Back in the Thick of It after 14-Month Lay-Off
Arsenal midfielder is left weary but unscathed on his long- awaited return If books are ever written about Jack Wilshere, these 62 mixed minutes in an empty Hawthorns will warrant a mention. A 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion in National Group 1 of...
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Would Any Jury Have Convicted Jimmy Savile?
There was always something disconcerting about Jimmy Savile beyond the clownish image he cultivated - something creepy that seemed to signal: stay clear. Now, 11 months after his death, it is becoming apparent what that something might have been.As a...
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Yes, Nigella, I Remember the Great Recipe Famine of 1714
IF YOU ASK ME If you ask me, I am pleased to announce that my magazine for the no-can-do woman, Not OK!, comes with a free set of recipe cards this month, as is in vogue.Everyone is at it. Nigella has a new book out which has been serialised, as have...
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