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.
Europe speech The most striking feature of David Cameron's much-heralded speech
on Europe tomorrow is that he is making it at all. The dramatic,
over-hyped act is out of character. Since the election Cameron has
not sought to generate much excitement...
Death weighed heavily on the radio this week. Well, why wouldn't
it? It's January, it's cold out, the boiler's packed up, train fares
have rocketed, pensions are being slashed, the Coalition's still in
charge and next Monday is, we're told, the most...
THREE MONTHS WITH... THE IPAD MINI One of the best reviews of the original iPad was written after
six months of using it, to explain how much it had changed their
computing habits. So the question after using the iPad Mini for an
extended period is:...
The Liberal Democrats are considering whether to promise to
reduce the 9,000 cap on university tuition fees in their manifesto
at the next general election.Senior Liberal Democrats sources told The Independent that the
idea is among options being looked...
If Steven Finn was sick of the sight of M S Dhoni after the
Indian captain's brutal batting dismantled his bowling figures in
the second one-day international on Tuesday, he would be advised to
walk around Ranchi blindfolded. Five minutes was all it...
Thousands may lose jobs after 528-store rental chain calls in the
administators The collapse of Blockbuster yesterday capped a bleak week for
Britain's high street retailers and raised the grim prospect of
nearly 17,000 job losses in a fortnight. The...
Business Secretary warns Cameron that uncertainty is the enemy of
investment A referendum on Europe after 2015 is a "dangerous gamble," the
Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable, pictured, will warn
tonight.On the eve of tomorrow's landmark...
When racing got under way here yesterday, the turf on either side
of the track had both the colour and consistency of bone - but an
afternoon of sport was none the less prised from the muddy green
strip beneath the frost blankets. It was pretty tough...
Bayern switch stuns club as pressure builds on Benitez after 2-2
draw with Southampton FOOTBALL Potential Mancini successor ruled out
for City Rafa Benitez's chances of being appointed Chelsea manager on a
permanent basis were dealt yet another blow...
Over the past few years, Viswanathan Anand has appeared to be
gradually fading, defending his world championship title with great
vigour as necessary, but making more and more draws and fewer and
fewer wins in tournament play.In a world dominated by...
The German pianist Christian Zacharias has a curious way of
acknowledging applause: he walks in little circles round the piano-
stool, flapping his hands and muttering to himself as though he's
not sure how well he's done, barely seeming to notice the...
Actress who was the voice of 'Listen With Mother' for over two
decades Two generations of children who grew up on the BBC radio
programme Listen with Mother will for ever remember the opening
words: "Are you sitting comfortably? Then, I'll begin." For...
Pete Barnes was a respected veteran in glamorous profession. By
Cahal Milmo From capturing airborne footage of the 2012 Olympics to shuttling
film stars and politicians across London, traversing the capital's
skies had become second nature to Pete Barnes.Precisely...
Hostage-takers with Libyan accents 'led by one-eyed Saharan
warlord' Islamist militants were holding up to 41 Western gas engineers at
a remote BP site in Algeria yesterday, deepening fears that the
conflict in Mali could unleash an anti-Western war...
On Tuesday Samir Awad, 16, was killed by the IDF near his West
Bank home. Israel says he was trying to infiltrate its territory -
but his family claim the truth is much more sinister. By Alistair
Dawber in Budrus Like most parents at a time of crisis,...
A catalogue of worrying faults and wholesale groundings is
damaging the reputation of the new 787 and its maker. Lucy Tobin
reports "Don't fly on this plane!" That was the message racing around
Twitter yesterday, with a link to the news that Boeing's...
GP who survived a kidnap ordeal Twenty-five years of being a family doctor could hardly have
prepared John Norris for the ordeal he went through on 30 July 1974.
But his cool, calm personality saved his life and another man's.A call to Witherington...
Decades of discovery and innovation have been driving UK economic
successes January is traditionally a time for reviewing the year gone by,
and I think we can agree that 2012 was spectacular. It was a year
when the UK demonstrated yet again that in global...
RUGBY UNION The Rugby Football Union and the nation's leading players have
agreed a four-year deal that could make England's squad the highest-
paid in world rugby.The arrangement covers England's senior, Saxons and Under-20
squads until 30 June 2016,...
SKETCH ''The residents of Thanet," Laura Sandys, one of its two Tory
MPs, announced in the Commons yesterday, "enjoy burgers but also
love horses". Though effective, this isn't quite a foolproof
argument with which to tackle the consumer scandal of the...
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 Rooney 9 WEST HAM UNITED 0 The look of thunder on Sir Alex Ferguson's face when he wheeled
around and absorbed Wayne Rooney's second penalty miss of the season
- and Manchester United's fifth - should not obscure the evidence
Mayor aims to promote London, and improve his credentials as a
serious politician on world stage His credentials for self-publicity have never been in doubt. But
his grasp of macro-economics is, perhaps, less assured.Now Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London,...
Doctors urge minister to take action over alarming increase in
anal cancer The national programme to vaccinate young girls against a
sexually transmitted virus which can cause cervical cancer should be
extended to gay men, doctors say.The British Medical...
POSTGRADUATE DIARY If you see a small group of twentysomethings lying around on
benches in the Canary Wharf's financial district having earnest
conversations with security staff, do not worry that a minor piece
of public disorder is going to break out....
"Well done, Carruthers. First at Oxford, eh? Just the ticket!
When can you start?" This pastiche of recruitment practices in the
1950s and 1960s is only partly apocryphal. (There weren't too many
people called Carruthers even then in the higher echelons...
Goldman Sachs, the US investment bank which this week retreated
from a proposal to delay UK bonus payments to gives its bankers the
benefit of lower tax rates, yesterday said it was spending a smaller
slice of its revenues on paying employees - but high...
EXCLUSIVE County will provide finishing school for rivals' next
generation at summer academy Hampshire have announced a ground-breaking deal with Cricket
Australia under which the county will act as a finishing school for
the country's best young players.Starting...
The Swansea City manager, Michael Laudrup, warned last night that
Jack Wilshere would have to play at the top for "a few seasons"
before he could truly be regarded as one of the world's great
players, after the 21-year-old's match-winning performance...
But 'custodian' of the national team likens trophy hopes to darts
- a bit hit and miss As the great, the good and Sepp Blatter queued up to pay tribute
to the Football Association yesterday, Roy Hodgson described
football as providing this country with...
NATURE STUDIES On Tuesday night, high on the Hampshire downland, it was five
degrees below zero and, because there was no cloud, and no light
pollution from any town, the stars were freezingly bright; they were
pin-sharp. Orion blazed across the southern...
First came the bang. Then commuters looked up to see a helicopter
hurtling to Earth. The miracle was that only two people were killed Air accident investigators were last night trying to piece
together the final moments of the helicopter flight that...
IF YOU ASK ME If you ask me, ever since I stopped simply stalking people - I
know; I'm creepy - and acquired my own Twitter account, it's been
nothing but stress, stress, stress, and being ignored. I ask you:
What does one have to do to get some attention...
ANALYSIS No wonder the Algerians stubbornly refused to help the French in
their Mali adventure. No amount of French government pressure last
year could persuade President Abdulaziz Bouteflika - which means the
Algerian army - to march into the deserts...
Horse meat Surprise! Your cheap, grey, uniformly textured and anonymously
flavoured frozen supermarket burger contains horsemeat. Since it was
reported that Tesco Everyday Value burgers have been found to
contain horse meat, there's been outrage and...
Estranged husband says Pounds 400m fortune lost but barrister
describes playboy lifestyle Led away in handcuffs, and carrying a Louis Vuitton overnight
bag, a property tycoon was last night beginning a six-month prison
term far removed from his usual...
Directors say he held 'ultimate responsibility' for trading
blunder The "London Whale" loss has swallowed half of Jamie Dimon's pay,
with the JP Morgan Chase chief executive losing his crown as Wall
Street's highest-paid bank boss as a result of the...
Martin Kaymer gets to play gooseberry for the next two days
alongside golf's hottest two-ball. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are
inevitably grouped together in the opening two rounds of the HSBC
Champions tournament in Abu Dhabi. Kaymer, a winner here...
BASKETBALL The Detroit Pistons players spent yesterday afternoon exploring
London - at least those who were prepared to venture out in the cold
did - but for a couple of the New York Knicks, who will provide
their opponents in tonight's NBA excursion...
You can have 20 minutes of Ricky Gervais's time for about 25,000,
but Michael Mansfield is going to cost you a bit more - up to
40,000, according to Funny Business, Richard Marson's intriguing
series about the economics of the comedy boom. These figures,...
Gender imbalance On Tuesday evening, a rare gaggle of political women met for
drinks in a room in the House of Commons. It wasn't that big a room,
but it didn't need to be. It only had to house the female members of
the parliamentary lobby and a bunch...
Colin Fleming lost his first-round doubles match in the
Australian Open with Jamie Murray yesterday but said afterwards that
the approach of his regular partner, Ross Hutchins, in fighting
cancer was proving "really inspirational".In the wake of a 7-5,...
British No 1 sets stage for Laura Robson, Britain's other rising
star, with Pervak victory They still have a long way to go before their achievements can be
mentioned in the same breath as those of their predecessors from the
1960s and 1970s, but Laura...
GOLF Scotsman shows no bitterness after missing out on return to
the Ryder Cup captaincy Colin Montgomerie was the first to shake the hand of Paul
McGinley, Europe's new Ryder Cup captain. He had hoped the honour
would fall to him in the final, chaotic...
WHEELS, ETC Porsche makes its hefty profit from selling whippet-fast sports
cars right? Wrong. More than half of the German firm's sales are
actually of two-and-half ton Porsche Cayenne SUVs. And you're more
likely to see one of these loaded with baby...
CYBER CULTURE The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas brought its
usual delicious combination of ingenious technological innovation
and baffling attempts to solve problems that never need solving in
the first place. Thanks to the power of viral...
Nadav Kander was inspired by ideas of Elizabethan purity to
create these stunning photographic portraits of six nude females and
one male.Their alabaster white skin and red-gold hair recalls the colour
scheme of Queen Elizabeth I's portraits. Her Majesty...
When William Leith wrote The Hunger Years in 2006, it charted
shocking new territory. Now, journals depicting the pain of eating
disorders are not a novelty, but Anne E Putnam's account of
childhood obesity, and the battle with her body that ensued into
The DIARY David Cameron told the left-wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, "You
must recognise that we inherited a housing benefit system in London
that was completely out of control; some families were getting as
much as 104,000 a year," when he complained...
Mystery man paid out thousands of dollars but still kept most of
his salary A software developer employed by a US critical infrastructure
company, and known only as "Bob", was fired for outsourcing his
duties to China so that he could spend the day surfing...
Sweeping reforms include background checks for gun purchases and
ban on assault weapons. By Rupert Cornwell Vowing to "put everything into this", President Barack Obama
yesterday unveiled the most sweeping proposals in two decades to
tighten gun control...
Government told to remove products from sale after report by
European regulators European safety regulators have finally moved against nerve-
agent insecticides blamed for a worldwide decline in bee
populations, significantly increasing pressure for...
Movies Twenty years after its star's death, River Phoenix's last,
unfinished feature is going to be shown. Simon Usborne finds out how
- and why - it was completed Movies are long enough in the making and the lives of actors
sufficiently perilous that...
A new form of Chinese Poker, a game that has been around for
decades, has recently become something of a craze among high-
rolling tournament players. This hybrid is called Open Face Chinese
for the obvious reason that the cards are played face up, rather
Do universities have open days for prospective postgrad students?Yes, all universities will open their doors to postgraduates at
least once or twice a year. Most seem to do this in the autumn term,
but a few have their open days (right) at this time...
Tahir ul Qadri, the religious cleric whose supporters have
besieged Pakistan's capital with demands of political reforms,
yesterday called for the government, parliament and the Election
Commission to be dissolved.The charismatic Dr Qadri, who promised...
As the FA celebrates its 150th anniversary, Glenn Moore charts
the chequered history of a governing body which grew from a founding
meeting at a pub despite rule disputes and a heated 'hacking' debateFORMATIONFootball in various forms had been played...
CHELSEA 2 Ba 25, Hazard 45 SOUTHAMPTON 2 Lambert 58, Puncheon 75 Whatever Roman Abramovich's back-up was should Pep Guardiola
resist his advances it surely cannot have been Plan B for Benitez.
Rafa may not be keeping the Stamford Bridge dugout warm for...
BP study points to improvements in efficiency and changing
economies The world is poised for a revolution in the way it uses energy
that will boost its efficiency by almost a third and bolster efforts
to curb global warming, according to a new study...
Crew withdraw their accusations after agreeing Pounds 125,000
compensation deal Six Cambodian seamen who were allegedly forced to leap into the
ocean at knifepoint by a Russian tycoon have withdrawn their
accusations after agreeing a compensation deal...
MARKET REPORT Rare diseases are Shire's bag and it is this expertise in life-
threatening genetic illnesses that has caught the eye of rival
AstraZeneca - well that is what traders would have us believe
anyway.Shares in the drug maker Shire perked up...
Appeal of the 'tall, dark stranger' is well known - and now
confirmed by science When it comes to choosing a mate, both sexes are heightist*. Men
choose shorter females as partners and women choose taller males.
That should cause no surprise: men are,...
If your New Year's resolution is to hit the books hard, don't
forget that quality is just as important as quantity The start of a new year can bring with it plenty of resolutions.
Work less. Actually go for a run rather than just looking at the
Having spoken at some length about his desire to enjoy the
Premier League experience, Pep Guardiola has now delivered something
of rather greater significance. He has let us know, in the wake of
all those dreamy platitudes, he will be spending the next...
ECONOMIC VIEW Currencies are on the march again and though we may not be
entering a currency war, as the deputy chairman of the Russian
central bank warned yesterday, we certainly look to be heading into
a period of currency insecurity. Viewed globally...
A suicide bomber killed 21 people and wounded 170 in an attack in
northern Iraq yesterday, in a sign that the shift of al-Qa'ida
militants to Syria is not leading to a reduction in their activities
in Iraq. Shoppers and police helped drag injured survivors...
European suppliers accused of deliberately using cheaper meat to
cut their costs A deliberate swindle by foreign suppliers seeking to save money
is a likely cause of the contamination of supermarket beef burgers
with horse meat, experts said yesterday.Cheaper...
The disgraced cyclist's Oprah confession is just one part of a
long-term rehabilitation strategy orchestrated by PR guru Mark
Fabiani. Tim Walker reports Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is on a contrition tour every
bit as emotionally gruelling as...
Does the for-profit sector make more promising graduates than its
publicly funded counterpart? No stranger to academia, with degrees in medicine and law from
the universities of Birmingham and Staffordshire, Amardeep Singh
opted out of the state sector...
OUTLOOK The London Whale turned out to be more like the London goldfish.
JP Morgan's results for the final three months of 2012 yesterday
confirmed that Jamie Dimon's Wall Street juggernaut emerged from its
annus horribilis in surprisingly decent shape....
In Occupied France, a German officer is billeted on the coastal
home of an old man and his niece. They resist with the only weapon
that they have at their disposal - total silence. That is the
situation explored in the short underground novel by Jean...
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cases the work of more than 70 photographers and spans 150 years of
city life.2. Helmut Newton: World Without Men34.99, taschen.comNewton...
LEADING ARTICLE With its recent history of coups, assassinations and popular
protest, Pakistan can hardly be described as a stable country. Yet
the stand-off that has developed in recent days between the Supreme
Court, which is demanding the arrest of...
In the capital, Bamako, refugees from the jihadist-held north
tell Kim Sengupta of their suffering Hania Bakr Toure and her family decided to flee their home in Gao
after seeing a young couple whipped unconscious. Their offence had
been to have an affair...
Brailsford's team have made changes 'post-Armstrong' but still
enter their fourth year confident of building on the glories of an
amazing 2012. By Alasdair Fotheringham Today could and should have been an exceptionally happy
anniversary for Team Sky....
NOTEBOOK Dan Brown is back. The author of The Da Vinci Code, that
gallimaufry of wacky theology, footling art symbolism, ooh-er
mystery codes and homicidal monks from secret organisations, has
revealed that his new thriller will be published in May....
Universities should target children from the age of seven if they
are to be successful in their attempts to woo more students from
disadvantaged areas, the Government's university access tsar said
today.Professor Les Ebdon, director of the Office for...
You can't fit a jumbo jet in a green box. But it is possible to
recycle the behemoths of transport and save them from the rusty
boneyard, as Chris Beanland discovers How do you recycle planes, trains and space shuttles? We live in
a throwaway society:...
LEADING ARTICLE Whatever your feelings about eating horse meat, the discovery
that some supermarket burgers have been found to contain horse DNA
raises a serious question: why did the British food safety
authorities fail to spot the problem? It is only...
ARSENAL 1 Wilshere 86 SWANSEA CITY 0 Through the weeks of rehabilitation that turned into months last
season, and the long lonely hours in the gym, Jack Wilshere will
have clung to the hope that he would again experience nights like
this one.The kind...
In the week London's Madame Tussauds unveils waxworks of P Diddy
and Snoop Dogg among other rap stars, a more underground exponent is
celebrating its heritage in a more vital way. Dennis Coles, aka
Ghostface Killah, has flown over to promote his Wu-Block
It is the natural order of things that successive generations
will achieve more than their predecessors. Jim McCartney was a
professional trumpeter and had a son called Paul. And because it is
normal for parents to be ambitious for their children, when...