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.
"Getting comedy right is very difficult indeed. It's like trying
to make an immaculate cut-glass wine decanter," says Timothy Spall.
"It has to amuse people while being beautifully shaped and at the
same time a bit strange and barmy."Spall is talking...
LEADING ARTICLE After more than a month of protests against restrictions on the
flying of the Union Flag in Belfast, the authorities are
floundering. Scores of police have been hurt and scores of
Protestant youngsters have been charged and will face...
Arsenal are monitoring Anderlecht's Argentina international Lucas
Biglia, as a potential new signing for them in midfield where they
lack an established defensive player since the departure of Alex
Song in the summer.Biglia, who has two years left on...
The City financier Crispin Odey recorded a 24 per cent return in
his flagship hedge fund last year, powered by daring investments in
companies such as Barclays and BSkyB.The Odey European fund saw its assets grow to $1.8bn (1.1bn)
during the first 10...
MARKET REPORT Investors went wild for banking stocks yesterday after rules for
lenders turned out not to be as strict as feared. British banking
stocks flew to the top of the benchmark index as a watered-down
version of Basel III "liquidity coverage...
Bombay Bicycle Club's 2011 album A Different Kind of Fix, is
still the main attraction at this gig, one of a series in aid of
Freedom From Torture. Having not released an album since and
currently working on their fourth, it is a quietly opportune moment
Neutralising the effectiveness of the danger hand was the key to
success, on this hand from a Swiss Teams tournament. North opened
the bidding with One Club and South responded One Heart. North, with
a singleton spade, made the practical rebid of Two...
In Robson and Watson Britain has two of the world's best 50 women
players for the first time since the heyday of Jo Durie, who tells
Paul Newman they can only get better Laura Robson made a small step for one player but a giant leap
for British women's...
NOTEBOOK When I was a young comedian, travelling the country at night to
try to get three laughs in Bolton, I occasionally used to imagine I
was living in a Crimewatch re-enactment. All those dark alleyways
and empty car parks, all those lonely petrol...
Scot's struggling side face a tricky test at Bradford tonight
with his position in doubt but, as former colleagues tell Jack Pitt-
Brooke, he will not hide Career triumphs in some of Europe's biggest venues will count for
little for Paul Lambert (right)...
"To record" derives from the Latin recordari, which means "to
remember", and that's what medieval English minstrels did with the
instrument to which they gave this name. In Europe, recorders were
known as "flutes", and when Baroque music came to England,...
Television What Prince Charles said (and what he really meant) on
This Morning. By John Walsh The sofa in the drawing room at Clarence House, Philip Schofield
told viewers of This Morning yesterday, is the softest thing he's
ever sat on. And the interview...
If you ask me... If you ask me, which always strikes me as amusing, as there is so
little I can answer (doctors always marvel at how unwise I am for my
age), I am, at least, pleased to announce that my magazine, Not OK!,
which caters expressly for those...
This diagram comes from the 42nd Rilton Cup in Stockholm, a
traditional New Year's open that ended at the weekend. It was won by
Michal Krasenkow from Poland on 7.5/9 ahead of Aleksandr Shimanov
(Russia) and the winner above Erwin L'Ami (Holland) on...
Francesco Schettino, the captain who crashed the Costa Concordia
liner into rocks off the Italian coast with the loss of 32 lives,
has complained he has been depicted as "worse than Bin Laden".Mr Schettino, for whom prosecutors are likely to demand criminal
W ill the Marmite test (love or loathe) apply in the UK to this
extremely quirky novel? Over 100,000 Norwegians have chosen the
first option and made the book a barnstorming success. Erlend Loe is
a bestselling novelist in Norway, celebrated for his...
The banking dynasty scion wants to replace Bumi's board. Trouble
is, he can no longer rely on the City's help, says Tom Bawden Few dynasties have enjoyed such a stellar reputation as the
Rothschilds. From the family's first forays into banking in the
Sir Alex Ferguson has been monitoring Frank Lampard's position at
Chelsea and is considering making a sensational summer move for the
player, whom he has always admired.Lampard (below) is understood not to be averse to a switch to Old
Trafford this summer...
Loss of TV's childhood stars could be bad for your kids The BBC has banished children's television to a "ghetto" by axing
the dedicated slots for programmes on BBC1 and BBC2, the creator of
the hit series Teletubbies has claimed.Regular weekday teatime...
Towns in Tasmania devastated by blazes, reports Charlotte Philby
in Hobart The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned residents
of New South Wales to remain vigilant as temperatures are expected
to soar this week, fuelling further bush fires...
A controversial US education expert who advised Michael Gove is
facing claims that her track record of raising standards could have
been founded on cheating by schools.Michelle Rhee has been dubbed the "Witchfinder General" because
of her commitment...
Actor who worked on John Ford's best-known films Although he appeared in nearly one hundred films, the character
actor Harry Carey Jr will always be associated with the screen
western, and in particular the work of the great director, John
Ford. He was...
Andrew Buncombe sees the five men accused of student's murder
face a barrage of abuse as they arrive for Delhi hearing A blurred shuffle of bodies behind a line of policemen marked the
arrival and departure of five men accused of the rape and murder...
Luis Suarez's handball goal for Liverpool against Mansfield at
the weekend has again put football's values under the microscope.
But are other sports really any better? Our writers assess the
ethical state of their games GOLFALIVE AND KICKINGIf Luis...
Hospitals It'll never catch on. The "duty of candour", that is. If you
hadn't heard, that was the main element in last weekend's leak of
reforms to be suggested by the official report into the horrifying
events at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust. This...
Baritone and teacher celebrated for his work in the English song
repertoire The broadcaster and writer Michael Oliver described John Carol
Case as "the aristocrat of English baritones". Fastidious of manner
and with impeccable enunciation, Case was a...
"It's a bit of a waiting game," said a polar bear expert in The
Polar Bear Family and Me, as he and Gordon Buchanan hunkered down to
wait for their subject to do something filmable. But it isn't if
you're watching the final film. You don't have to wait...
Seven-year-old Yaseen had been frequently hit with a wooden
pestle, court hears A "devoted" Muslim mother beat her son to death for failing to
memorise passages from the Koran after becoming obsessed with his
learning, a court heard yesterday.Sara Ege,...
Mansfield chairman claims striker 'enjoyed' his controversial
finish and his actions brought shame on club FOOTBALL Champion
rebuked by ESPN for 'cheat' slur Mansfield Town's chairman has launched an extraordinary attack on
Luis Suarez, declaring that...
"Why am I leaving?" ponders Vicky Featherstone, standing in the
National Theatre of Scotland's HQ and looking out over an impressive
panoramic vietw of Glasgow's high-rise skyline. "I'm leaving because
Dominic Cooke is leaving the Royal Court. That's...
"Just images, just images," murmurs the narrator of Jonas Mekas'
new 80-minute film, Out-takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012).
Some dated to New York of the 1960s, images flutter one after the
other into view: a green apple with a bite taken out...
On the night Lionel Messi reminded us that uncommon grace can
still occasionally walk easily alongside the highest achievement,
Luis Suarez was still locked away from the kind of uncomplicated
acclaim that once again bathed football's fabulous Little...
Counter-terrorism DCI offered details of inquiry into phone
hacking, court hears A senior Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer rang the News of
the World to offer "highly sensitive" inside information about a
police inquiry into phone hacking at...
CHELTENHAM TOWN 1 Penn 51 EVERTON 5 Jelavic 12, Baines pen 21,
Osman 49, Coleman 58, Fellaini 89 It was 10 years ago this month, in January 2003, that David Moyes
suffered his most embarrassing defeat as Everton manager, when Nigel
Jemson gave a Shrewsbury...
OUTLOOK Have the Basel banking supervisors gone soft all of a sudden?
That's one way of looking at their decision to ease the tough
criteria on the amount of cash and easy-to-sell assets banks have to
hold as a buffer in the event of a fresh crisis.Such...
Nominees for posts of Defence Secretary and head of CIA can
expect rough ride from senators Undeterred by storm warnings from Congress, President Barack
Obama pushed ahead yesterday with his choice of the former US
Senator Chuck Hagel as America's next...
Every trainer can be presumed to have made some sort of
resolution for improvement in 2013 - but none has matched intentions
with deeds like David O'Meara, who has set himself impossible
standards for the next 51 weeks. Another winner at Wolverhampton
Politics At the start of a new year, David Cameron and Nick Clegg insist
they march on with determined verve. They have no choice but to
proclaim boldly. Imagine the frenzy if they admitted they were not
masters of events, but near powerless figures...
Crystal Palace are deeply divided over whether to sell Wilfried
Zaha this month, because a move for the player to Manchester United
or Tottenham Hotspur could damage Palace's prospects of promotion
and an influx of Premier League TV money.United and...
Talks have still to begin on a new contract for the Bradford City
manager, Phil Parkinson.Parkinson leads the rejuvenated League Two side into the first
leg of the semi-final of the Capital One Cup against Aston Villa
tonight with his future yet to be...
Coalition does what it says on the tin, declares Cameron David Cameron and Nick Clegg vowed yesterday that the Coalition
would last until polling day 2015, as they emphatically committed
themselves to a full five-year deal for the first time.The Prime...
"It is pretty simple, the words are like a nursery rhyme," the
enthusiastic singer encourages us, as he persuades ardent fans to
join in with the night's closing number. Comparing his most
successful tune to pre-school literature does Ron Pope a disservice,
CRICKET David Saker, the England bowling coach, said yesterday that the
side were adapting to the changes in one-day rules and promised they
would have mastered them by the time of the first game against India
on Friday.England take on Delhi at the Faroz...
LORD STRATHCLYDE The political career of one of the Conservative Party's longest
serving - and longest named - politicians came to an end yesterday
when Lord Strathclyde resigned as Leader of the House of Lords.In a surprising move Thomas Galloway Dunlop...
Wearing gas mask and a helmet, James Holmes was described by
police officer as 'very detached' A police officer who was among the first to arrive at the scene
of the July movie theatre shooting in Colorado yesterday described
the suspect, James Holmes,...
In the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, Ettie Spencer and her
sisters realised they had to speak out about the abuse they suffered
as children, and its catastrophic impact on their lives The exposure of Jimmy Savile has given rise to a great flood of
LEADING ARTICLE For all the interpretation and re-interpretation swirling around
the Coalition's much-anticipated mid-term review, its greatest
significance lies in the fact that it happened at all. In the
aftermath of the much-lampooned Rose Garden...
The much-heralded demise of a London cultural phenomenon may be
greatly exaggerated, reports Jerome Taylor There's something both deliciously ironic and fitting that the
earliest surviving commemorative blue plaque - a tradition that is
THE INDEPENDENT CHILD SOLDIERS APPEAL A programme in the Central
African Republic helps former child soldiers open businesses and
readjust to society. By Alicia Jones Emilie greets us at the entrance of her newly opened restaurant
with her infant son...
Research reveals physical and psychological challenges of sending
astronauts to Red Planet Getting sleep will be one of the biggest challenges facing
astronauts in any future manned mission to Mars, according to a
study of six men who spent 520 days...
The DIARY David Cameron and Nick Clegg saved the weirdest line until last
when compiling their pointless mid-term review.The final sentence on the final page of the review document says:
"We will support 13 countries to hold free and fair elections."The...
Fashion finds inspiration from the great explorers, discovers
Harriet Walker The first day of menswear shows in London threw up an unlikely
must-have for autumn 2013: the hiking boot.The sturdy lace-up style featured at several shows yesterday,
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DONALD MACINTYRE'S SKETCH When the Prime Minister of the day uses a wood preserver to
describe the partnership at the heart of his Government, you can
hardly accuse of him trying to excite extravagant expectations of a
seismic change in the party system....
COMMENT I love Blue Plaques. They offer a kind of protected tenancy to a
section of society that doesn't enjoy a lot of rights - the dead -
and they add human texture to any city or town.Personally I favour the more obscure plaques, if only because
LIFE ON MARSDEN I've filled umpteen inches of this column with detailed accounts
of my own resentful singledom - almost with a kind of self-
perpetuating relish. So it's with some surprise (and slight panic
over what the hell to write about) that I have...
Festive season sales rise fails to match inflation, although
online growth continues Retailers only managed to eke out a disappointingly small rise in
sales in stores over Christmas, even though they enjoyed a surge in
online revenues last month.Chains...
Retired England flanker to be sent back to South Africa in 60
days as his visa is no longer valid RUGBY UNION Hendre Fourie may have resigned himself to an early return to his
native South Africa - the England flanker retired on medical advice
Dear Virginia, I'm 15 and last year my dad left us to go off with
another woman. It made us all so unhappy but in a way it was a
relief when all the rows stopped. My younger brother and I took our
mum's side and we didn't want to see him again. We'd...
THE WAY WE LIVE As if there were not enough slumps, crises and declines to worry
about, a new book has revealed another problem to concern us. Women
in their twenties, who seemed to be in relatively good shape when it
comes to careers and independence,...
Do you know your Ugi from your CXWORX? Is Aqua Zumba going to
make a splash? Gillian Orr discovers the latest trends to help you
sweat your way into shape Interval trainingOne of the biggest excuses for not keeping fit is that we're time-
poor. But gyms...
Internet It is the only reliable source of information such as "33 Animals
Who Are Extremely Disappointed In You" or "The 25 Most Awkward Cat
Sleeping Positions". It's also, depending on your world view (and
vulnerability to distraction) the sorry conclusion...
INVESTMENT VIEW Getting excited about the markets again? When the likes of
Goldman Sachs' guru Jim O'Neill starts talking up equities it pays
to keep at least one ear open. And that's what he has been doing,
arguing that big investors are poised to desert...
An unlikely alliance has been forged to save an adventure
playground from council cuts One group has faced the riot police; the other is more used to
the strongly worded letter. While Occupy London and a group of
concerned residents of Wandsworth, south-west...
Benefits cuts In what many are describing as a brave but dangerous political
gamble, Labour will today oppose the Coalition's Welfare Uprating
Bill, highlighting its negative impact on hard-working families.
Claiming that some 500,000 working families...
A problem even larger than Grard Depardieu faces the French
government this week. Should President Franois Hollande intervene to
rescue two sick elephants in a Lyon zoo?The fate of Baby and Nepal, Asian elephants exiled from a circus
for bad behaviour,...