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 ...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.
The World Championship has provided drama on the oche, mayhem -
and fancy dress - in the crowd and shown a sport hitting 180, writes
Jack Pitt-Brooke 1 The crowdThe spectators are more important to the darts than to almost any
other sport - they are...
LEADING ARTICLE Were it not for the Olympics, and the Queen's Jubilee, the past
year would have been a decidedly more miserable affair - with the
result that, although the economy is predicted to do a little better
in 2013, there may be little sense...
What was it that made landscape painting such a British
speciality and arguably their greatest contribution to European art?
It wasn't as though they had a long tradition of it. Through most of
the 16th and 17th centuries they were happy enough to have
LEADING ARTICLE In the aftermath of the RSPCA's successful private prosecution of
the Cotswolds' Heythrop Hunt - which saw an entire hunt charged, for
the first time, and two prominent members also fined - the charity
has come in for quite a drubbing....
The stock market ended 2012 with a whimper rather than a bang but
that was entirely in keeping with what, for City traders anyway, was
a miserable year.Trader folk - the lads on the floors in the shirt-sleeves - like
to complain that every year was the...
BBC Cymru forced to ditch Welsh-language tracks BBC Radio Cymru, the Welsh-language network, has ended its 25th
anniversary year with the solemn announcement that it is going to
pad out its schedule with English-language pop and rock songs.Classical...
RACING Despite the injury-enforced absence of four-time World Hurdle
winner Big Buck's, the marathon crown at the Cheltenham Festival is
shaping up as a fascinating contest. The latest to present his
credentials for a crack at the vacant title was Bog...
This deal comes from a past Junior European championship between
Ireland and Hungary. In the first room Ireland was allowed to play
in Three Diamonds. Juniors display anathema towards the green Pass
card, and at the second table all four players were...
A very happy New Year to readers, at the beginning of 12 months
which should see some fascinating events in the chess world, most
notably in London in March and, dependent upon the outcome, towards
the end of the year in a venue which at the moment is...
Academics demand political reform as activists defy guards to
visit Nobel winner's wife In a demonstration of the depth of disquiet at the Chinese
government's repressive policies, 74 Chinese scholars have signed a
public letter calling for widespread...
Doctors expect Hillary Clinton to make a full recovery after the
discovery of blood clot in her head after a concussion she suffered
last month.Mrs Clinton, who is due to step down as President Obama's
Secretary of State after what is widely viewed as...
Nobody can predict which way the 'Arab Awakening' will turn this
year. But Robert Fisk has ventured to have a very tentative punt or
two ... Never make predictions in the Middle East. My crystal ball broke
long ago. But predicting the region has an...
Despite his OBE and CBE for services to jazz, Courtney Pine has
sometimes been treated as an outsider to the music. The doormen at
Ronnie Scott's Soho club who tried to dissuade the 15-year-old Pine
from entering, saying the jazz inside wasn't for him,...
RUGBY UNION Jim Mallinder, the Northampton director of rugby, believes it
would be foolish to dismiss Saints from the Premiership title race.The Midlands club, who have been hindered by inconsistency this
season, sank to sixth in the table following...
As George HW Bush has found out, the only thing worse than an
unkind obit is a premature unkind obit. By Simon Usborne Pity old George. It was bad enough for the first President Bush
to spend Christmas in hospital. To add insult to illness
Conservative Eurosceptics gave a cautious welcome yesterday to a
suggestion by senior European Union politicians that Britain could
be given a "second-class" membership of the bloc. Under the
proposal, the United Kingdom would be designated an associate...
For nearly six million years, the Conolophus Marthae iguana went
about its business on the Galapagos Islands unnoticed by the wider
world. Its quiet existence also meant it had evaded the attentions
of humans carrying television cameras. Then Sir David...
European Union Forty years ago today a Union Jack was raised on top of the
Brussels headquarters of what was then known as the European
Economic Community. According to a report at the time, "one of
Britain's new European Commissioners, George Thomson,...
Small beginnings of the big night (10:00-11:00 GMT)2013 began on the little Pacific island where the sun always
rises first. Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, the easternmost island
of the nation of Kiribati, is the first significant human habitation
In 2010 when I began to dream up Around Britten, there seemed to
be so much time. I could afford to ruminate at leisure on the 100
events that would make up my celebration of Britten's centenary, the
heart of which is taking the wonderful, emotional...
Some optimism is returning to the UK's housing market according
to a new survey showing that a rising number of Britons expect house
prices to climb rather than fall over 2013.The Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker for December
records 38 per...
THEATREThe Mouse and His ChildRoyal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon****This is a brave and ambitious choice for an RSC family Christmas
show. Russell Hoban's cult 1967 novel (adroitly adapted by Tamsin
Oglesby) follows the fortunes of a pair...
IF YOU ASK ME If you ask me, the first thing I need to do now I have returned
is give you my review of last year - stuff happened; wasn't it
marvellous? - and, of course, I must offer you my preview of the
year ahead (more stuff will happen; won't it...
Woman was engaged to the man who was with her when attack took
place, friends reveal Relatives of the victim of a brutal gang rape in India have
called for the death penalty for the accused rapists."We want all the accused to be hanged, and we will fight...
BRIEFLY Activist who worked in the civil rights movement with
Martin Luther King Jesse Hill Jr, who died on 17 December at the age of 86, was a
civil rights leader and businessman who later became the first black
president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce....
Is self-consciousness contagious? When I started watching Numb:
Simon Amstell Live at the BBC I was feeling pretty relaxed. But by
the end I was almost as knotted with anxieties as he is. How would
he feel if I criticised his voice, for example? He can't...
Villa owner gives manager go-ahead to spend after calamitous
Christmas defeats Paul Lambert takes his listing Aston Villa team to Swansea today
reinforced by the unconditional backing of the club's American
owner, Randy Lerner. There is money to spend...
City manager admits summer failure to land Van Persie could hand
title to closest rivals Roberto Mancini believes the failure to land Robin van Persie
might cost Manchester City the title. The City manager indicated
with a tiny gap between his finger...
TENNIS The brief Christmas which he enjoyed back in a soggy and
windswept Britain must feel like a distant memory to Andy Murray.
The world No 3 has already made his first appearance of the season,
in the warmth of the Middle East, and now he is preparing...
STEVE BUNCE ON BOXING It is hard to do justice to a preview with predictions for any
boxing year because of the trickeration - a perfect word that was
introduced by the sport's Lord of the Dark Arts, Don King - that
drives and controls the business....
BY THE PEOPLE WHO MADE 2012 GREAT Lord CoeMy achievements in 2012 have made me even humbler than I was
before. Yes, I have presided over the most successful Olympic Games
ever. It's true I've put the smile and the pride back into British
hearts. If there...
Thomas and friends get new lick of paint makeover The world's most famous tank engine will steam into 2013 with a
multi-million-dollar makeover as the "King of the Railway". The
American licence owner of Thomas the Tank Engine, a character
Soldier whose death raised awkward questions The names of US, British or other military Special Forces rarely
become known for obvious reasons. Unusually, however, US Navy petty
officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque, 28, became almost a household
Is there any point in giving up booze for January and then
getting back off the wagon a month later? Last year Jamie Merrill
became one of thousands of 'dryathletes'. Will he be doing it again
in 2013? I drink too much. I'm not a binge or problem drinker...
Eleventh-hour wrangling with Republicans to secure budget deal
and avoid fiscal calamity. By Nikhil Kumar in New York The United States looked poised to go over the so-called "fiscal
cliff" last night - but a deal taking shape in Washington DC
This being the time of year when old stories are retold, it's
worth remembering the history of that incomparable chamber suite,
the Brandenburg Concertos. Bach presented his beautifully
calligraphed score with an obsequious dedication to the Margrave...
Flamboyant art historian and friend of Freya Stark and Anthony
Blunt A lifelong friend of Freya Stark, lover of John Foster, Princess
Velia Osman-Oglu of Turkey, known to all as Lulie, was the first
Muslim woman to study at Oxford and to penetrate the...
Getting turned down by Gillingham and Barnsley fired the in-
demand Newcastle striker's desire to shine in the Premier League,
writes Martin Hardy On the back of a noisy motorbike sat Demba Ba, arms locked around
his brother, heading through Svres, on...
Pressures set to grow and drive high-street stores to close their
doors for the last time Retailers are being warned to brace themselves for a tough 2013
after the first shoppers' confidence figures since the crucial
Christmas trading period revealed...
The world is facing a new wildlife crisis with rhino and elephant
poaching in Africa now running out of control, as the illicit
wildlife trade booms across the globe as never before.A problem which has always existed, but previously seemed
Chelsea pull out of talks for Newcastle striker who wants Pounds
80,000-per-week deal 'I can't recall a situation quite like it' Alan Pardew has urged Demba Ba to ignore the "sharks" surrounding
him and accept the 50,000-a-week final offer to stay at...
Latest talent off the Southampton production line is already
interesting tonight's opponents Arsenal Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain return to Southampton
today for the first time since leaving St Mary's for Arsenal,
Walcott for 5m in January...
He may have triggered one of the more dispiriting controversies
in the history of English football. As a 15-year-old he certainly
earned a red card for the grave sin of headbutting a referee, which
was around about the time his club coach caught him...
Multiple champion calls talented 23-year-old 'a freak' and faces
tough battle in tonight's final Michael van Gerwen is unfazed about facing 15-time world champion
Phil Taylor in tonight's World Darts Championship final at Alexandra
Palace, with the prodigiously...
Disappearance of Ibrahim Magag puts pressure on Home Secretary's
latest anti-terror measures The Government was facing serious questions over its anti-terror
policies last night after a Somali-born extremist became the first
person to abscond while...
Millions of drivers face lower speed limits as new laws sweep the
country 'Lower speeds can improve road safety and quality of life' Millions more motorists could soon face reduced speed limits as
new research by The Independent suggests that more than...
"This is not like one of those Pirandello plays," mutters Javier
Marzan at the end of the first half, shortly after his fellow
performers have stormed from the stage. "No one is acting here." He
goes on to detail the bar menu available during the interval...
Granta's top novelists The year 2013 is partly going to be one of anniversary
celebrations - Verdi, Wagner, Britten. But more interestingly, it's
going to be a year when we've found a way of looking into the future
of creativity, too. The literary magazine...
He's 83 years old, but after his wife died, Nicholas Crace
decided he wanted to give someone else a second chance. Here, he
tells how he gave a kidney to a stranger in her 60s and became
Britain's oldest living organ donor I cannot remember what put...
Thousands of children were separated from their families and
forced to become soldiers in a country ravaged by war. Daniel Howden
speaks to one survivor, Abraham, who now tries to rescue children
from a similar fate in neighbouring Central African Republic
LIFE ON MARSDEN During a rambling post-Christmas conversation prompted by a
surfeit of minty chocolates, my mother started reminiscing about new
year traditions in post-war Wales. These included the Mari Lwyd,
where blokes on hobby horses whizzed around...
1. Bunting cards40, smythson.comPack of 10 White Wove watermarked cards from the Bond Street shop
is a luxurious yet fun way to pass on your wishes of goodwill.2. Ted Baker floral cards16, selfridges.co.ukA luxurious set of rich flower-pattern note cards....
Britain has a collective financial hangover - and nowhere will it
hurt more in 2013 than in the City. Louise Cooper reports New Year's resolutions have apparently been made for more than
4,000 years when the ancient Babylonians promised to return borrowed
Exodus of support to Ukip would give Labour majority of more than
100 at next election Voters deserted the Conservatives during a punishing year for the
party as it dropped almost one-fifth of its electoral support, The
Independent's latest poll of polls...
Dear Virginia, I've left my husband after six children and 35
years of marriage. We had just grown apart. I now live with my
husband's best friend - ex-best friend - who's urging me to go for
what money I'm entitled to in my divorce, or I'll regret it...
Border controls Over the holiday, the airwaves were dominated for a day by a good
news story. A six-year-old girl, Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson, was returned
to her British mother after being taken illegally to Pakistan by her
father three years before. The...
United Nations staff have been pulled out of the Central African
Republic as rebel forces advance on the capital Bangui. A curfew is
in force as citizens wait to see if the rebels, just 40 miles away,
will attempt to take the capital. But Unicef staff...
You Have 24 Hours to Love Us is an awkward and slightly ungainly
title for a collection of stories: a military-style imperative,
underpinned by threat, yet softened by emotional desperation. It is
perfect as an encapsulation of Guy Ware's concerns and...
COMMENT There is no simple explanation of what it is like to be a woman
in India today. It depends on where you live, whether you are rich
or poor, and on your caste.But every Indian woman has one thing in common: they have almost