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.
Cover story Chris Coplans celebrates 100 years of New York's
Grand Central Terminal Just as a suave Cary Grant did while trying to make his escape
from New York in Hitchcock's classic 1959 thriller North by
Northwest, I'm standing at booth 15 on the...
Russian parliament approves outlawing the promotion of homosexual
links Twenty gay activists were detained by police in Moscow yesterday
for a "kissing protest", as the Russian parliament gave preliminary
approval to a controversial bill that would outlaw...
THE LAST WORD Last Sunday, in our sister newspaper, Hugh Godwin broke the news
that BT plans to introduce an "access-all-areas" revolution to its
coverage of rugby union. Training ground and dressing-room
confidences will be shared with viewers, and...
Greece It was a glorious plan. A blast of late-summer sun with three
girlfriends on the idyllic Greek island of Alonissos, where my best
friend's parents have a tiny house at the top of the mountain.We were in our early twenties: childless, carefree...
Film of a festival that saw David Bowie on the brink of stardom
is ready to screen at last. Tim Cumming reports It's the missing film that captures David Bowie's transition from
acoustic to electric star; the emergence of Genesis and Hawkwind;
Syria It was the morning after the UN voted to bomb Colonel Gaddafi out
of Libya that I made my way to Gatwick Airport. Hosni Mubarak had
fallen as Egypt's leader just a month before. Tunisia had been swept
up in revolution, Yemen's Day of Rage was turning...
The Story of Music By Howard Goodall Chatto & Windus, Pounds 20
Order at a discount from the Independent Online Shop A well-meaning
tour through 40,000 years of human sounds simply tries to do too
much After 70,000 years of world history, recounted...
Laos It's tough to recall after almost 10 years what posed the
greatest risk in the flooded cave in which I'd become hopelessly
lost: the darkness or the snake that patrolled black pools of frigid
water. I was in Laos and a place I would later regret...
Jessica Lynch's dad made Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet. But, she
tells Kaleem Aftab, she prefers thrillers to the surreal When I sit down to interview Jennifer Lynch, I immediately fess
up that I haven't seen her 2010 film Hisss, which seemed to be
The man who pays his way Amie Richan was among the luckier passengers. Last Saturday
morning she woke up in a hotel bed, rather than on a thin plastic
mat on the floor of Europe's most expensive building, Heathrow
Terminal 5. Even so, she shared the...
FOOD & DRINK Why settle for the mass-produced variety, asks our
resident chef - these tasty little numbers are so much better when
made at home Croquettes are one of those delicious treats that we all love,
but sadly these days we tend to settle for...
Jamie Lidell's latest album is feel-good and funky, and reflects
a growing optimism. It's all down to his new wife, the singer tells
Elisa Bray It's hard to keep up with Jamie Lidell. He left Huntingdon,
Cambridgeshire, where he was born, to live first...
Traveller's guide It's Australia Day, the perfect time to
celebrate the natural wonders and fascinating culture of the
Northern Territory's remote Outback, says Lonely Planet's Ethan
Gelber Yes, it really is true: the earth and rocks of the Red Centre...
Time's Anvil: England, Archaeology and the Imagination By
Richard Morris Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Pounds 25 Order at a
discount from the Independent Online Shop From Stonehenge to
Birmingham, this survey of the art of the dig modifies our map of
Global Outlook Here's a challenge for you. Find a blank map of the continent of
Africa and point to Guinea.If you can do that with no difficulty whatsoever, then good on
you. If you can't, you're in the majority, I'm sure. If you got in
The inside story of how targets make policing worse Police crime
figures have come under scrutiny after the Office for National
Statistics revealed concerns that officers had come under "informal
pressure" to cut the level of offences. With crime apparently
Book of the Week Au Revoir, Europe: What If Britain Left the EU?
By David Charter Biteback, Pounds 12.99 Order at a discount from
the Independent Online Shop Brutally lucid, this road-map for a UK
exit from the Union should sharpen every political...
Europe banks rally and sterling takes tumble in latest blow to
Chancellor Britain's safe-haven status was dealt a severe blow yesterday as
the eurozone's beleaguered banks showed signs of recovery and the
pound sank on dire growth figures.The European...
Reading the business and personal finance pages of the national
press over the holiday period and beyond might have led investors to
conclude they should sell their bond funds to buy equities. In the
investment world things are never so easy. Few articles...
Tuareg refugees fleeing Islamist rebels have taken cover with the
Dogon, an ancient tribe in central Mali. Now both fear annihilation
as al-Qa'ida and Malian troops close in. By Kim Sengupta in
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Swede success for Elliphant's electro popThose damn Swedes; they just can't stop producing great electro-
inclined pop artists from Robyn and Lykke Li, to Icona Pop and Niki
& the Dove - and on the more experimental end of the scale, the
Michael Chopra, the Ipswich Town footballer with a notorious
history of gambling problems, was yesterday banned from British
racecourses for 10 years after being found guilty of a key role in a
race-fixing conspiracy that has ruined the career of a young...
Allowance would avoid time spent pushing fresh legislation
through Parliament The Church of England would be allowed a fast-track opt-in to the
law allowing gay marriage if it decides to drop its opposition to
the idea, it emerged yesterday.The Marriage...
A climate scientist who says he has been subjected to a vitriolic
hate campaign has denounced the way that American billionaires have
been able to secretly finance the climate-sceptic organisations that
have attacked him.Professor Michael Mann of Pennsylvania...
Corsica The bike was quite old, Jean said, but in its day it was top
quality, and it was still in good working order. My curiosity was
piqued. I was all ready to go and hire a bike for our fortnight's
stay in northern Corsica, but Jean - the gruff but...
Fabricio Coloccini made a dramatic U-turn yesterday when he told
Alan Pardew, the Newcastle United manager, he would be prepared to
stay at the club until the end of the season.Coloccini had walked out of Newcastle's training ground on
Tax Davos is a rather absurd jamboree - so important to those who
attend it and so irrelevant to the rest of the world. But over the
past couple of days, amid the coffee and croissants and ceaseless
chatter, we have heard the opening shots ricochet around...
COMMENT Eden Hazard can hardly complain of a heavy hand of justice with
the decision of the Football Association to charge him with violent
conduct.The victim of his frustration may not command universal sympathy,
indeed it is hard to disagree with...
Macclesfield are still dealing with the upheaval of falling out
of the League. Today's tie with Wigan provides a route to recovery,
writes Ian Herbert There is generally only one solution when a North-west club under
Middle Eastern ownership discover...
Wiggins and Froome have paradoxical personalities and a
competitive rivalry but, they tell Robin Scott-Elliot, the pairing
works Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome have similar physical make-ups:
the bendable build of the professional bike-rider, both...
Q I have just received a bill for over 300 from British Gas,
after I was initially contacted by a debt collection agency. The
bill was for an eight-month period in 2008, for an address where I
was a tenant. This is the first I heard of the bill. I can...
Ivory Coast One guy grabbed the bag slung over my shoulder as his friend
snatched the sunglasses from my face. They held me in place as a mob
formed around us on the pavement and everyone started shouting.This was my welcome to Abidjan, the largest city...
IRA terrorist who later attacked Sinn Fein and its president
Gerry Adams Dolours Price came from a family which was one of the mainstays
of militant Belfast republicanism, its involvement stretching back
generations to a time when the IRA consisted of...
Italy Leslie Woit discovers the benefits of a yoga workout on a
ski holiday in the Dolomites I don't associate skiing with healthiness. If you do it like most
people - for a week, once a year, using knee joints and leg muscles
that do little else for...
Colin Murray's axing as host of 'Match of the Day 2' has trained
spotlight on the abilities of studio 'experts'; Chris McGrath picks
his best and worst line-ups for fans on the sofa You can't apply the usual Fantasy Football rules to this
FIVE-MINUTE MEMOIR This is a tale of suffering, redemption and white vans. Late last
year I needed to transport some furniture from our house in Sussex
to my son's rooms in central London. I should have paid a man to do
it for me, but foolishly confident...
Police have launched an investigation at the scandal-hit Stafford
Hospital after a baby was found with a dummy taped to its face.Four-month-old Mason Fellows was unharmed in the incident that
took place earlier this month at the hospital, which is already...
Looper(15) Rian JohnsonDVD/Blu-ray (119mins)****"This time-travel crap, just fries your brain like a egg..."
maintains Jeff Daniels's cerebral thug, and the first hour of this
mind-bending sci-fi is a little too mind-frying. However, the second
On the eve of their fourth-round FA Cup tie against Chelsea, the
BBC's former director general tells Glenn Moore why Brentford's
'real football' means being chairman at Griffin Park is preferable
to being a Manchester United director Being chairman of...
High Court rejects claim for Pounds 500,000 as judges set new
benchmark for miscarriages of justice Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly
convicted of Jill Dando's murder, had his claim for compensation
thrown out yesterday...
The Engagement By Chloe Hooper Jonathan Cape, Pounds 16.99
Order at a discount from the Independent Online Shop A woman's
erotic association with a wealthy older man provides a different
shade of thrill The Australian author Chloe Hooper's second...
What will voters be worrying about when they go to the polls in
2015, asks Andrew Grice. A clue: it won't be Brussels "We will let sleeping dogs lie," David Cameron is said to have
told senior European Commission figures as Leader of the Opposition.
COMMENT The headline GDP figures are depressing, holding out the
possibility of another dip into recession - officially two
consecutive quarters of negative growth. But the puzzle these and
other recent GDP numbers raise has, if anything, deepened....
Barrier Reef We left the ancient rainforest of north Queensland's coast behind
us, a ribbon of white sand all that separates those mountain-
jungles from the turquoise depths of the Coral Sea. Our 10-seater
Cessna spluttered over saltwater crocs basking...
Governing body wants Chelsea player to serve more than three
games for kicking ballboy The Football Association set the stage for another disciplinary
showdown with Chelsea yesterday when it announced it would push for
a longer ban for Eden Hazard than...
If it really is the end of Roger Federer as the most brilliant
and resilient figure in the history of tennis we cannot say with
absolute certainty that it is Andy Murray who has shown him the
door.Not yet, not with any decent respect for achievements...
At last, it seems, a banker may be paying a penalty for getting
caught up in one of the City's biggest scandals.According to three people with knowledge of the move, Christian
Bittar, who formerly worked as head of the money markets derivatives
They call it "foodstagramming", and it's the curse of modern
dining.Restaurant-goers who were once content to enjoy the flavours of
their meals now seem unable to enjoy their evening without taking
smartphone photographs of every dish and uploading them...
MARKET REPORT This week's economic news has been pretty gloomy, but did nothing
to dent bullish investors' desire for London's blue-chip index and
it closed the week up 130 points, or 2.1 per cent.News that the UK economy is flatlining didn't even stop...
Howard Goodall's Story of MusicSATURDAY 9.30PM BBC2What did Stone Age music sound like? We know that our prehistoric
ancestors played tunes thanks to bone whistle and flute relics, but
since musical notation only began in the 10th century (take a bow,
Tim Geithner has had his fill of public office, with the outgoing
United States Treasury Secretary firmly ruling out the possibility
that he could be lured back with the offer of Ben Bernanke's job
when the central banker steps down as the head of the...
After getting the bridesmaid-dress saga out of the way, it's time
to face the next hurdle of my Oz trip: unzipping my warm, cosy
onesie and trying on a new cozzie or 'swimmers', as our Australian
counterparts call them. I like that.My vow to eat sensibly...
If you think all bank accounts are the same then you're not
alone. In fact two-thirds of people in a recent Moneynet survey
believe accounts ARE all the same. But I don't.Sure, they may all seem similar in that you get a cheque book,
debit card and access...
In Amenas siege may have far-reaching repercussions for a gas-
reliant economy ALGERIA Until a few days ago, workers at the In Amenas gas plant in the
Algerian Sahara lived a simple, if confined life. Working 12-hour
shifts and seven-day weeks offered...
Observations People...Places...Events... Television Dennis Quaid (right) stars as the laconic Ralph Lamb, a former
cowboy-turned-sherrif in the US TV show Vegas set in the 1960s in
the titular town. It is a time when wealthy West Coasters had
You want to know how to get through the rest of the winter
norovirus free? Don't handle anything. This advice, I accept, will
be harder for some to follow than others. To me - because I grew up
to be a universal non-handler, not touching other people,...
BRIEFLY Journalist who grew up black in Nazi Germany Hans Massaquoi, who died on 19 January at the age of 87, was a
former managing editor of Ebony magazine who wrote a memoir about
his childhood growing up black in Nazi Germany. "He had quite a
Millions more people have potential payment protection insurance
(PPI) claims which - unless they are time-limited - could stay at
their present record levels for another three years. Banks had hoped
that the numbers would go down but, instead, the Financial...
Ultra-high-definition technology is on the way (but for now a set
to show it will cost you Pounds 25,000) Prepare for meerkats as you've never seen them before.The BBC is filming its next blockbuster wildlife series in ultra-
high definition 4K video...
Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged yesterday that coaching work was
needed for goalkeeper David de Gea.The Manchester United manager is likely to select the 22-year-
old to face Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round today at the end of a
week in which his error...
What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? By Tony Juniper Profile,
Pounds 9.99 Order at a discount from the Independent Online Shop
This remarkable book brings into focus a revolution in ideas about
the true value of the natural world Mangroves are the salt-water...
The big questions Is Britain heading for the EU exit?No. British people recognise the reality that, especially in a
globalised economy and in politically insecure times, our country's
best interests are served by being fully and influentially in the
It was the small publishing house that brought Stieg Larsson's
Millennium trilogy to Britain, turning the deceased Swedish crime
author into a household name and earning millions off the booming
sales. Yet Quercus, after making its name from Scandinavian...
THE WEEKEND DOSSIER An FA Cup tie between Watford and Crystal Palace on a cold
winter's day in 2008 won't stand out in your mind - even if you
support one of the clubs who were involved - and it certainly
shouldn't. But it's a day I'll always remember.I...
Europe Growing up in small provincial towns in the 1950s and 60s -
Doncaster, Gainsborough and Witney - my family were by miles the
most European people around. It was no fun at all. At school, I was
taunted as a Jerry (I was born in Germany) and reviled...
However disfiguring and dispiriting its latest corruption case,
British horseracing could hardly contrive a better distraction than
is likely to be prised from winter's grip at Cheltenham today. True,
the course must still pass a dawn inspection, but...
Auction houses are adapting to online sales and the rise of the
super-rich in Asia and the Middle East. Lucy Tobin reports Half the country might be struggling to eke out their wage packet
to cover heating bills, but somewhere out there, someone very...
NOTEBOOK At the risk of once again invoking the wrath of the many porn-
defenders who will no doubt email me to tell me I'm a prude, I'm
going to do a bit of grot-bashing this week. You see, hornytroll1985
and @foreveralone, I think porn's a bad idea....
England coach still unsure about his team for the Six Nations
game against Scotland Suddenly, selection is not quite like falling off a log for the
England head coach, Stuart Lancaster. A week shy of the opening Six
Nations match of the season - an awkward...
MondayStoryville: Queen of Versailles10PM BBC4(Lauren Greenfield, 2012) This documentary profile of a seventy-
something self-made billionaire and his likeable trophy wife (both
below) depicts the American dream at its most surreal. It exposes
WHAT I LEARNT THIS WEEK I was surprised when I picked up the papers yesterday morning to
find plastered across one tabloid back page the banner headline
"Warnock taught us ballboy tactics". Inside were some quotes from
Matt Lowton, now at Aston Villa,...
IN THE STUDIO Gerard Byrne Artist Gerard Byrne was born in 1969 in Dublin, where he still lives and
works, although he admits to telling young artists that they should
leave the city. He credits going to study in New York City, along
with the proximity...
VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE The entire England squad has been snubbed, by the Dalai Lama no
less. Seriously, though, yesterday we took advantage of a day off to
soak up the spirituality of Dharamsala. After our trip up to McLeod
Ganj, I've realised that there...
MY SECRET LIFE REBECCA FRONT, 48, ACTOR My parents were enthusiasts. And still are. My dad was an artist
and my mum was a teacher who also wrote children's books.The household I grew up in was very creative. Doing things,
making things, writing things...
ON TELEVISION This week Grace watched... Utopia CHANNEL 4 "Watch Utopia on Channel 4," Twitter harangued me last week in
multiple terrified voices. "It's really disturbing! I couldn't
sleep!" Well, this felt like a reason to swerve it, because I love
MURRAY PRIMED FOR TOUGH DJOKOVIC DUEL The parallels with Andy Murray's victory over Novak Djokovic in
the US Open final were striking. Once again he made a superb start,
once again his opponent fought back to level the match at two sets
apiece and once...
LEADING ARTICLE It was hard not to feel sympathy for Nick Clegg when he was asked
on his radio phone-in this week about plans for his eldest son's
education. With Antonio's transfer to secondary school looming this
autumn, the Cleggs face the choice...
Powerfully weird and seriously unfunny, the 'lolcat' internet
phenomenon now has its own exhibition at a Soho gallery. Tom Peck
sharpens his critical claws and takes a look Ears erect, tail curled under its body, the tiny tortoiseshell
cat has its back...
MILLWALL 2 Shittu 27, Marquis 89 ASTON VILLA 1 Bent 22 It is difficult to imagine how things could get much worse for
Paul Lambert.Just three nights after his Aston Villa side were dumped out of
the Capital One Cup by Bradford City, they suffered another
Despite a consistently rewarding programme, the ENO is strapped
for cash. But there is a way forward, its artistic director, John
Berry, tells Jessica Duchen: international collaboration John Berry, artistic director of English National Opera, is at
Images from hidden camera reveal how wildlife is thriving in zone
closed off to humans for 26 years. By Shaun Walker Sergei Gaschak's photography offers an unparalleled glimpse at
animal life inside "the zone", the area of Ukraine and Belarus that
The Australian Open bills itself as "the Grand Slam of Asia-
Pacific", but that is not the only reason why the crowds here love
Li Na. The 30-year-old Chinese, who takes on Victoria Azarenka in
today's women's final, always seems to come alive at the...
My life in travel Gordon Strachan First holiday memory?Being in the pool in Dunbar, along the coast from Edinburgh. It
was about all we could afford at the time. I remember going down the
slide and being pulled from the water by a couple of lads because...
RESTAURANTS As foodies and health neurotics will tell you, manuka is a kind
of super-honey, honey with magical healing properties. There was a
buzz of excitement about it four years ago, when it was claimed that
its antiviral and antibacterial wonderfulness...
Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, is resigned to the
fact that this transfer window will be the first since the club's
Abu Dhabi takeover in which no new players will arrive.The Independent revealed in November there would be no
RSPB's 'Big Garden Birdwatch' this weekend is expected to be most
exciting for years The cold weather is about to disappear, but its remnants may
still turn this weekend's Big Garden Birdwatch, the RSPB's annual
festival for amateur observers which is...
Book of a lifetime In 1987, when I was 15, I read Maus by Art Spiegelman and, like
everyone else, I found it brilliant: telling via a comic strip the
story of his father, deported to Auschwitz, with the Nazis as cats
and the Jews as mice. For the first...
How the PM, George and Boris digested the GDP slump It's not quite a scene of Bullingdonian excess, but this image of
Chancellor George Osborne enjoying a high-spirited alpine dinner
just hours before the publication of Britain's disastrous GDP
Mary Beard She brought classics to the masses. Then an appearance
on Question Time exposed her to the evils of the web. By Boyd TonkinMary Beard has a taste for Roman sauce. Whether on her
entertaining "A Don's Life" blog, in books that wed intellectual
Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death By Otto Dov Kulka, trans.
Ralph Mandel Allen Lane, Pounds 16.99 Order at a discount from the
Independent Online Shop After a career spent studying genocide, this
survivor of Auschwitz finally tells his own story...
Three men accused of plotting to launch a suicide bomb campaign
were "deadly serious" in their mission, a court heard yesterday.In the closing speeches at the trial of Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan
Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, all from Birmingham, the prosecution
More than a decade after quitting politics, Ivan Massow is back
and, he tells Charlie Cooper, he wants to help the Tories over the
'final hurdle' Wherever Ivan Massow goes, controversy never seems far behind.
Young, urbane, outrageously wealthy and openly...
LEADING ARTICLE Labour's leadership has helped to make the past few days easier
for David Cameron than they should have been. Normally the party's
media operation is as disciplined as it was when Alastair Campbell
ruled. Shadow cabinet members stick...
'Asylum seeker' washes up in mangrove swamp after trying to cross
from Papua New Guinea His story raises more questions than it answers, but one thing
seems certain: the man who sailed from Papua New Guinea to northern
Australia on a raft of twigs and...
ERRORS & OMISSIONS A little while back, I noticed a billboard advertising an
insurance company or something of the sort. It informed the public
that the company was the "most awarded" in its field, meaning that
it had received the most awards. Now comes...
Federer expects Scot to lose in tomorrow's final against
Djokovic, who 'has a lot to prove' Andy Murray is too strong-minded a character to let anyone else's
opinion affect him, but Andre Agassi and Roger Federer, who have won
more Australian Opens than...
* Austerity under attack from across political spectrum after
disastrous growth figures Osborne is down and out in Davos and
London George Osborne was urged last night to rethink his deficit-
reduction programme by a chorus of economic experts from across...
Unexpected Lessons in Love By Bernardine Bishop John Murray,
Pounds 16.99 Order at a discount from the Independent Online Shop
Rules of attraction and affection come under cool scrutiny in this
novel of modern manners Samuel Richardson's novels were...
The CHRISTINA PATTERSON interview Now in her eighth decade, and
with another new exhibition opening, she's been called 'the best
painter of women's experience alive'. So why does she still feel
frightened? "It is," says Paula Rego, "as empty as you can...
NEW RELEASES CD reviews Album of the week Fleetwood Mac Rumours:
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