The Independent on Sunday (London, England)

The Independent on Sunday is the Sunday edition of The Independent, a daily newspaper in London, England. The Independent Sunday covers local, national, and international news, sports, business, politics, and weather.

Articles from August 31, 2003

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ADVERTISING: We Love It When Celebs Go to Seed
Have I ever told you how much I like the woman in the Heat commercials? She's a caution, a real tease. She's always embarrassing her wonderfully dumb colleagues. She's set herself up as something of an expert on celebrity gossip, courtesy of Heat, and...
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ANSWER THE QUESTIONS! Douglas Coupland - Alienated.com - It's the New Gen X
Douglas Coupland, 41, coolly sauntered onto centre stage with his first novel, Generation X, in 1991. A quirky, witty tale of overeducated and underemployed twentysomethings, it won him a global fan base. His other works include Girlfriend in a Coma...
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A PASSAGE TO INDIA (PART II) ; How Did British Asian Culture Become So Cool? Jon Sen Sets out to Explore the Phenomenon in a New TV Drama. but When He Traced His Roots in Calcutta He Found He Also Had His Own Extraordinary Story to Tell
Our time has come. For the so-called "second generation" - the sons and daughters of that first wave of migrants who arrived here from the Indian subcontinent - the moment has arrived. The stigma of previous decades has been replaced with a cachet: to...
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A Pink Ribbon and a Tiny Blue Envelope. How the Past Literally Fell into My Hands
In the often dry pursuit of historical fact, sometimes the past just falls into your hands. I've been working on a cache of 19th- century papers, and each file seems to burst with stories. A heart- breaking letter from an aristocrat, blaming himself...
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ARCHITECTURE; It's a Caravan Park in the Air
Few people would deny that the Thames is London's greatest untapped asset. It is hardly surprising that people want to live near it too. So developers are taking every opportunity to build some of the most desirable homes in the capital on its banks...
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BA Chief Thanks Union Boss for Peacemaking Role
Rod Eddington, the chief executive of British Airways, has taken the unusual step of writing to Kevin Curran, the general secretary of the GMB trade union, to thank him for his work in helping to settle the recent strike action by airline employees....
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Ban Fishing in Third of All Seas, Scientists Say
B All fishing should be banned in a third of the world's oceans to reverse a catastrophic decline in fish stocks such as cod and tuna, British scientists have warned. In a new study, they recommend that large areas of ocean, including the North Sea,...
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Beauty Bag ; Common Scents - Everything's Coming Up Roses
"A rose is a rose is a rose", said Gertude Stein. Well, sorry to break it to you, Gertie, but you're wrong there. There are tea roses and tuberoses, rosa mosquetas and rosehips, and all of them have different perfumes and different cosmetic uses. So...
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Berlin Stories: Plastering over the City's Past
It might be a cliche, but they don't call Berlin "Europe's biggest building site" for nothing. Although 14 years after the fall of the wall the forest of cranes against the skyline here is slowly disappearing, continued renovation of Berlin's new centre...
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Blair Plans New `Ministry of Truth' for Post-Campbell Era ; Mandelson Is Tipped to Mastermind Overhaul of Government's Information Machine
A new "Department of Truth" headed by a top-ranking civil servant is to be set up in Whitehall after the departure of Tony Blair's leading spin-doctor, Alastair Campbell. The decision to appoint a new Permanent Secretary in charge of the entire government...
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BLAIR'S FUTURE: The Prime Minister Must Learn to Be His Own Man
The imminent departure of Alastair Campbell has demanded so much attention that anyone would think he ran the country. Probably, quite a few voters are convinced he damn well did, telling Tony Blair what to think on every policy issue from welfare reform...
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BOOKS: AN AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT ; Passionate about Nothing: Cal McCrystal Finds That Even the Legendary Priapism of the President Had a Robotic Quality; John F Kennedy: An Unfinished Life 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek ALLEN LANE Pounds 25 Pounds 23 (+ Pounds 2.25 P&P PER ORDER) 0870 800 1122
A great many books have been written about John F Kennedy since his assassination in Dallas, Texas, in 1963, before completing one presidential term. They are a mixture of hagiography, vendetta, gossip, acuity, sympathy and scholarly detachment, and...
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BOOKS: Fiction - Savage Beauty in a Woodcut World ; Grass for His Pillow by Lian Hearn MACMILLAN Pounds 12.99 Pounds 11.99 (+ Pounds 2.25 P&P PER ORDER) 0870 800 1122
This is the second instalment in Hearn's trilogy, "Tales of the Otori", and astonishingly it's even better than volume one, last year's Across the Nightingale Floor. The action overall is perhaps less exciting and dramatic; but the emotional power of...
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BOOKS: How Do You Solve a Problem like A N Wilson? ; Biography; Iris Murdoch as I Knew Her by A N Wilson HUTCHINSON Pounds 18.99 Pounds 16.99 (+ Pounds 2.25 P&P PER ORDER) 0870 800 1122
With friends like A N Wilson, who needs enemies? Following John Bayley's books about his wife, the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, and the authorised biography of Murdoch by her disciple Peter Conradi, comes Wilson's memoir of the Iris he knew....
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BOOKS: Let Me Introduce You to the Void ; Yellow Dog by Martin Amis CAPE Pounds 16.99 Pounds 14.99 (+ Pounds 2.25 P&P PER ORDER) 0870 800 1122; Why Is Martin Amis's New Novel Such a Disturbing Misfire? Matt Thorne Thinks He Should Stop Surfing the Net
Reviewing Amis's ninth novel Night Train in The Sunday Times, John Updike confessed that the fact that he wound up hating the book amounted to a "painful personal failure". I would recommend that Amis does not strain his relationship with Updike any...
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BOOKS: Mellow Zen Is Back on Track ; Medusa by Michael Dibdin FABER Pounds 16.99 Pounds 14.99 (+ Pounds 2.25 P&P PER ORDER) 0870 800 1122
When Michael Dibdin's Venetian dectective, Aurelio Zen, last appeared in print, there were rumblings from the fans. And Then You Die took Zen away from Italy and put him on a plane to the US which in turn left him stranded in Iceland. And there were...
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BOOKS: Mystery Heiresses and Secrets Galore - but Something's Missing ; Emma Brown: A Novel by Clare Boylan LITTLE, BROWN Pounds 16.99 Pounds 14.99 (+ Pounds 2.25 P&P PER ORDER) 0870 800 1122; the Novel Charlotte Bronte Abandoned Has Been Completed. Lesley McDowell Can Barely See the Joins
It is a brave writer who dons the apparel of a truly iconic author. Several years ago, there was a fashion for this trying-on of others' clothes: Susan Hill's Mrs De Winter was a sequel to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, and Emma Tennant penned Pemberley...
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BOOKS: Sea Serpents Spotted off Iceland ; Imagined Corners by Paul Binding REVIEW Pounds 25 Pounds 23 (+ Pounds 2.25 P&P PER ORDER) 0870 800 1122
Across the centuries, the gradual mapping of the world has inevitably reflected the prevailing mentalities of its inhabitants. From fantastical shadowlands to the scientific mapping of terrain, the process has been one of fits and starts. Much was unknown,...
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BOOKS: The Wordless Space between the Sexes ; A Female Hamlet: Lyndall Gordon Hears the Vivid, Contradictory Voice of a Pioneer Feminist Echo Down Two Centuries; the Collected Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Ed Janet Todd ALLEN LANE Pounds 30 Pounds 26 (+ Pounds 2.25 P&P PER ORDER) 0870 800 1122
`I am going to be the first of a new genus," Mary Wollstonecraft confided to her sister Everina in the summer of 1787. "I am not born to tread in the beaten track - the peculiar bent of my nature pushes me on." Her letters, eloquent, direct, confessional,...
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Bosses to Pay for Power Cut Fiasco
National Grid Transco's directors may be forced to surrender their executive bonuses as the company faces a potential fine of up to pounds 400m because of Thursday's power failure in London. The energy regulator, Ofgem, has launched an investigation...
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BOX OFFICE: My Top 10 - This Week: Ian Rankin, Novelist
Film: This is a tough one, as it depends on my mood. Sometimes I feel like Toy Story, other times it'll be The Big Chill or Diner (I'm a sucker for ensemble pieces). Toy Story probably wins by a nose. Book: Certain books have had a big influence on me...
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CHANNEL HOPPER: Yes, It's US Military-Issue TV - Now Beaming to a Bunker near You
"You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world." As far as I can find out, New York's WINS news radio was, in 1965, the first to use that much reworked slogan (though I'm more than happy to be told that I'm wrong). If you want a reasonably full picture...
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CLASSICAL: How to Shrink the Albert Hall ; Prom 50/ Prom 49/ Proms 47 & 48 Royal Albert Hall LONDON
In Wednesday's Prom 50 with conductor Mark Wigglesworth and the London Philharmonic Orchestra - a team who, courtesy of Glyndebourne's Boheme and Figaro revivals, have spent most of this summer together - Christine Brewer again demonstrated the qualities...
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Cricket: Harvey Shines through a Gloomy Day ; Worcestershire 149 Gloucestershire 150-3 Gloucestershire Win by 7 Wkts; C & G Final Australian All-Rounder's Vibrant Display Cannot Hide the Shortcomings of Others in Damp-Squib Showpiece
If in doubt, it is safe to blame county cricket for most things, from the disasters that befall the England team to the crash in the stock market. It can only be a matter of days before some old trundler from the shires is fingered for the London power-cut....
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Cricket: Thorpe Solves a Problem but There Are Too Many Others
It was not only the selection of their team that England postponed at the 11th hour on Friday. There was the unmistakeable sense that they were also delaying the inevitable. Any side that England picked were certain to have their hands full against a...
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Cricket: Tone-Setter Rhodes the Fielder of Dreams
Jonty Rhodes may be 34 but he is the best fielder playing in England, which made Worcestershire's 41st run yesterday quite remarkable. Vikram Solanki played a shot to backward point and when the ball ran through the famously safe hands of Rhodes, the...
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C&W's Ticket out of US Set to Cost Pounds 1.6bn
Cable & Wireless's retreat from the US could see its entire pounds 1.6bn cash reserve wiped out, plunging the company into a fresh crisis. Potential bidders reached this conclusion after reading C&W's prospectus on the businesses, distributed earlier...
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Days Out: You Can't Get through the Week without
Looking... ... skywards to catch the spectacular sight of Lancasters, Hurricanes and Spitfires in a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast. The flypast is one of the highlights planned for Yorkshire Air Museum's "Battle of Britain Day" on 7 September...
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Dear Wolfgang ; Your Life, Your Looks, Your Clothes, Your Every Little Problem Solved Each Week by Our Resident Lifestyle Guru. Trust Him, He Knows
I have recently joined a gym and go very early in the morning. Where can I buy three-quarter length, Lycra leggings in bright, wake- you- up colours? Sports shop clothes look really dreary. Hilary, Maidenhead, Berkshire Just thought I should mention...
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Drink: My Round - Slam, Bam, Thank You Mam ; Fancy Whisky Washed Down with Beer? Then You're a Serial Drinker. but Don't Worry, It's Now Hip to Enjoy the Thrill of the Chaser
A low point in the history of alcohol is the invention of the Boilermaker, an American drink in which a shot of whisky is washed down with a gulp of beer. The beer masks the vile taste of the whisky, or - which comes to the same thing - the horrendous...
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DRIVE: Pull off the M4 for a Paddle and a Picnic ; 10 Top Waterside Spots at Which to Stop
Look at the family photograph album of anyone over the age of, say, 40, and you'll find a photograph, or indeed a whole set of photographs, of a lay-by picnic. There'll be a big, bulgy family car in the background (a Morris Traveller, perhaps, or possibly...
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EXPERT VIEW: Stop Beating Up Middle England
There is something about tax exiles. I stumbled down the broken pathway to a miniature pleasure pavilion, complete with a scaled- down copy of the dining room at Chatsworth, and found as international and colourful a group of eccentrics as you could...
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: Eye Witness: Scouting HQ, Essex - Scouts Bid Farewell to the Old Camp Fire as Cooking with Gas Takes over ; an Old Tradition Is Slowly Being Extinguished. by Jonathan Thompson
Marshmallows may never taste the same again. The campfire is disappearing, it seems. Victims of environmental correctness, open- flamed wood fires are being replaced by propane and butane gas burners. Scouts, Guides and Woodcraft Folk up and down the...
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FAMILY OUTINGS: Dine out with the Dinosaurs ; Natural History Museum, Kensington, London
What is it? Officially, the NHM's glorious cream-and-blue Victorian building is one of Europe's largest museums, holding over 70 million specimens. Unofficially, it is "the dinosaur museum", where generations of British children have gaped at the giant...
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FASHION: You've Got the Look - This Week between the Lines ; Our Experts Take to the Streets to Find out What Real People Are Wearing, and Show You How to Recreate Their Style
Catherine Morland is in her mid-30s. She is an artist and lives in Clapham, south London. My style changes quite a lot. When I'm in the studio, I don't have to think about what to wear, so I do like to dress up when I go out. My outfits for a night out...
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FILM: ALSO SHOWING - and You Thought Silent Film Was Dead
One of the finest films of the year is a cartoon about a cyclist called Champion who is abducted by Mafia wine importers and has to be rescued by his spherical, club-footed granny, a dog shaped like a sack of dough, and three aged, harmony-singing triplets....
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Film: Hug of War ; `the Piano Teacher', Tuesday 12.05am Channel Four
This year, a female masochist won the hearts of British cinema- goers, in Secretary. Back in 2001, a very different kind of self- harmer conquered Cannes in The Piano Teacher. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee in Secretary, was applauded for her warmth and -...
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FILM: Sunday in the Rockies with Stephen - and about Time Too ; FILM STUDIES
What has he done in movies, that this weekend, high in the Colorado Rockies, he should be receiving tribute from the 30th idiosyncratic but deeply intuitive Telluride Film Festival? He once helped write a strange thriller called The Last of Sheila. He...
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FILM: The Future? It Will Be Cheap. ; Cypher Vincenzo Natali 96 MINS, 15
The most inspired instance of special-effects parsimoniousness in science fiction cinema was John Carpenter's debut feature Dark Star, in which he took a beach ball, stuck on a pair of claws and called it an alien. A close second is Cube, the 1997 debut...
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First Up: They Think It's All Over
Don't worry about what it says in the papers," the message read. "They've just gone off on a weird angle." It was a text from my "minder" at the BBC. Typically, if I hadn't received the message, I wouldn't have worried at all as I don't feel the need...
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FOCUS: Lifestyle - the Rise of the New Oldies ; Forget the Carpet Slippers and Bus Pass. A New Breed of Consumer- Minded Oldies Is Smashing Our Expectation of How the Older Generation Should Behave, According to a Major New Study out This Week. Nicholas Pyke Reports
Bad news for the makers of cardigans and carpet slippers. The baby boom generation is approaching retirement and early nights don't come into it, says a report due out tomorrow. A new brand of consumer-minded oldie is smashing our traditional expectations...
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Focus: The New Breeders - `I Had No Children at 69, but Now I Have Four Youngsters Aged under Four'
Peter Barnes, 72, playwright and recent father Peter Barnes says he was too impoverished in the past and too busy writing plays such Red Noses and Nobody Here But Us Chickens to have children. But three years ago Peter and his wife Christie had Leela....
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Focus: The New Sporties - `My Small Nephew Turned Me into a Windsurf Enthusiast at 72'
John Harper, 72, convert to windsurfing and, with his wife, Jill, 71, new enthusiast of golf John Harper's sailboard, number 623, is a common sight at Bray Lake in Berkshire or, during the summer months, at Poole Harbour, Mount's Bay or Mudeford. He...
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Food & Drink: Souk of the Day ; Middle-Eastern Food Is Boring - Says Lebanese Chef Karim Haidar. So How Come He's Running the Grandest Arabic Restaurant in Britain? David Baker Meets the Man Planning a Mezze Mutiny
If you like your Middle-Eastern food messy and redolent of dusty afternoons hanging around the medina, stop now. Karim Haidar, the new head chef at Fakhreldine in London's Green Park, will politely show you the door. "I've never really been fond of Lebanese...
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Football: Beckham Makes Himself at Home ; A Goal after 126 Seconds, a League Debut He Could Barely Have Dreamed of - the Scriptwriters Could Not Have Done Better
Comienza el show. The mixture of Spanish and English on the billboards provided a suitable signature to David Beckham's debut in La Liga for Real Madrid last night. It was indeed show-time, and if the story began as a fairytale, with a goal after just...
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Football: Bernabeu Opens Its Arms to Beckham ; Two Goals in the Week as Madrid Falls under the Golden One's Spell
Never mind leaks to the newspapers, hints at revelations, fabricated controversy, or outpourings of indignation from those who think they have been slighted; there can be no better advertisement for a sportsman's autobiography than his dashing deeds...
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Football: Black Sees Red to Deplete Palace ; Millwall 1 Peeters 90 Crystal Palace 1 Watson 67 Half-Time: 0- 0 Attendance: 14,425
Crystal Palace's new habit of finishing matches with fewer players than they started with proved expensive at The Den yesterday. But for a time it seemed that Tommy Black's dismissal would provide the incentive to sustain them at the top of the first...
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Football: Brooking Bandwagon Rolls on While Ipswich Stall Again ; Ipswich Town 1 Wright 65 West Ham United 2 Defoe 21, Connolly 47 Half-Time: 0-1 Attendance: 29,679
Trevor Brooking's value as a talisman is clearly on a par with his skills as a player for West Ham. For the second time inside a week since stepping into the dug-out to replace Glenn Roeder, this Upton Park director and former chairman of Sport England...
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Football: Danny the Boy for Lions' Den ; Road to Euro 2004 One Day Walsall, Then It's del Piero and the San Siro - All in a Week's Work for Gabbidon
Not many can do drama quite like the Welsh football team; 10 years ago, Paul Bodin's penalty kick crashed off the Romanian goal- frame and deprived Terry Yorath's men of a trip to the World Cup in the United States - just one of many examples of agonising,...
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Football: Dunn's Roamings Cap the Week of Misery for Robson ; Newcastle United 0 Birmingham City 1 Dunn 61 Half-Time: 0-0 Attendance: 52,006
Never, in 23 games in four years, had Newcastle lost the League game that followed Sir Bobby Robson taking them on a European outing. But never can a defeat have been as debilitating as their Champions' League exit on Wednesday. And only rarely, possibly...
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Football: Emerson Proves Defence Case for Blunt Bolton ; Bolton Wanderers 0 Charlton Athletic 0 Attendance: 23,098
After shipping four at Portsmouth in midweek the goal rush has abated for Bolton, but the tide has yet to turn. Plugging a leaky defence is one thing, and Bolton proved admirably watertight here, but if they are to avoid their usual struggle against...
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Football: Eriksson Faces Up to Life without Scholes ; Road to Euro 2004 Sven Fears Losing His Talisman as United Take Advantage of Timing to Schedule Hernia Operation
The Gradski Stadium, Skopje, where England need to beat Macedonia in the European Championship qualifiers on Saturday evening, does not hold happy memories for players from these isles. None of the four home countries has ever played there, but the Republic...
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Football: From the Hawthorns Comes Sakiri, a Pain in England's Side
Artim Sakiri is one of the travelling band of footballers who wake up every morning and echo the shipwrecked Viola's opening line in Twelfth Night: "What country, friends, is this?" The appropriate Shakespearean response, "Illyria," would not have been...
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Football: Hayles the King at Spurs ; Frustration for Hoddle as Tottenham Capitulate at Home to Resurgent Fulham; Tottenham Hotspur 0 Fulham 3 Hayles 23, 67, Boa Morte 71 Half-Time: 0-1 Attendance: 33,421
"We want four," the Fulham fans were chanting before the final whistle, but victory by three goals was more than enough to send the Cottagers back to west London happy. This was, after all, their first ever win here at this level, and just their second...
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Football: Higginbotham Pleased to Play the Super Saint in Waiting
The virtue of patience is something that Danny Higgin-botham knows all about - even though, aged 24, he is now at his third Premiership club. It took patience to wait for his opportunity at Manchester United; it took patience to deal with the implosion...
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Football: Hulse Keeps Albion's Heart Beating as Relegated Sides Bounce Back
Recovering from the crushing disappointment of relegation has proved no handicap to West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland, nor has the frustration of losing in the promotion play-offs stalled the good form of Reading and Sheffield United. All four clubs...
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Football: James Works out How to Win the Battle of Survival
It was strange to hear those well-modulated Scottish tones of Adam Crozier addressing the radio news micro-phones this week. It took a moment to realise it was him, the man who bore prime responsibility for hiring Sven Goran Eriksson and who remained...
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Football: Larsson Inflicts Maximum Pain on Livingston ; Celtic 5 Larsson 25, 56, 77, Maloney 39, Thompson 90 Livingston 1 Lilley 85 Half-Time: 2-0 Attendance: 57,165
The beautiful game was given an airing at Parkhead yesterday but it was a Brazilian who was its victim, rather than the exponent, as Marcio Maximo's first encounter with Celtic became a lesson he will not forget. Word had probably reached Britain's first...
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Football: Moriarty's Mission Possible ; FA's Foot Soldier in Kabul Aims to Install a Structure in a War- Ravaged Country. Ronald Atkin Reports
A former British army major will land in Kabul this morning on a unique mission: to kick-start football in Afghanistan. Michael Moriarty, a 41-year-old Londoner who served in Kosovo, is on a Football Association- backed four-month assignment aimed at...
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Football: Morrison Lifted by Starting Role
Clinton Morrison has never been short of a good option or six. True to form, the Birmingham City striker - who was eligible to play for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jamaica, but eventually opted for the Republic of Ireland - has been...
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Football: Owen Adds Finishing Touch to Houllier's Spirit of Adventure ; Goals Flow at Last for Liverpool as Rooney Is Upstaged; Verton 0 Liverpool 3 Owen 39, 52, Kewell 80 Half-Time: 0-1 Attendance: 40,200
It would be wrong to say the vultures had been eradicated from Gerard Houllier's life entirely yesterday. True, the discordant calls for the Liverpool manager's dismissal were quietened by this fourth successive Merseyside derby win at Goodison, but...
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Football: Owen Finds the Way Forward for Houllier
The muttering masses can move on to another manager for the moment; Gerard Houllier is back among the untouchables for a few days at least. There is nothing like a Merseyside derby to galvanise Liverpool and Michael Owen and so it proved yesterday when...
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Football: Ranieri's Composition Hits Duff Note ; Chelsea 2 Blackburn Rovers 2 Mutu 45 Cole 1, 58 Hasselbaink Pen 63 Half-Time: 1-1 Attendance: 41,066; Cole's Goals Earn Blackburn Deserved Point after Trio of Formation Changes from Chelsea Manager
Now, at last, the shopping has to stop for four months and Chelsea's manager, Claudio Ranieri - rather to his relief, you suspect - can concentrate on shaping a team from the disparate talents assembled at Stamford Bridge during the greatest orgy of...
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Football: Scholes Blow Leaves Eriksson `Disappointed'
Sven Goran Eriksson has expressed his disappointment that he may have to do without the Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes for the three games that will decide whether England qualify for the European Championship finals. United's manager, Sir...
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Football: Viduka's Tale of the Unexpected ; Middlesbrough 2 Nemeth 60, Juninho 63 Leeds United 3 Sakho 16, Camara 77, Viduka 89 Half-Time: 0-1 Attendance: 30,414
Mark Viduka's last-minute winner gave Leeds United their first victory of the season in an entertaining contest at the Riverside. The Australian capitalised on a slip from Middlesbrough's Andrew Davies and lobbed Mark Schwarzer to complete an unlikely...
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Football: Villa Fly Again on Wings of Angel ; Aston Villa 3 Thatcher Og 8, Angel 10, 16 Leicester City 1 Izzet 53 Half-Time: 3-0 Attendance: 32,274
Like his good friend Gerard Houllier, David O'Leary had spent much of the week insisting that his charges deserved better than the two defeats and one goalless draw they had mustered from their opening three games of the season. Like the Liverpool manager,...
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Football: Vogts Happy with Ferguson's Move
When Paul Gascoigne was at Rangers, he was kept in the lap of luxury in an exclusive hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond. Unfortunately, for the man who always craved an audience, the solitude was suffocating. Tomorrow, the boy who followed in his footsteps...
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Good-Time Gold Town Attempts to Shed Seedy Image
It is a cool winter afternoon, and Talleah looks decidedly underdressed as she pulls pints in the Wild West Saloon of the Exchange Hotel. Talleah is wearing lilac briefs and a matching camisole top, but she barely raises an eyebrow among the miners clustered...
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Grand Tours: Three Men in a Ghastly Pile-Up ; Adventures in Literature: Jerome K Jerome Steers Himself into Trouble at Cookham in Berkshire
Jerome K Jerome was born on 2 May 1859 in Walsall, Staffordshire, the son of a lay preacher. By the age of 15 he had lost both his parents and took employment as a railway clerk, supplementing his income with acting. His plays and books brought him acclaim...
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Half UK's Top Police Officers Say They Suffer from Stress
Almost half of Britain's senior police officers claim to be suffering from anxiety-related illness - with chiefs blaming the pressures of dealing with the increased terrorist threat after 11 September for the problem. New figures published next month...
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Her Outdoors: `The Nanny Stops Drumming and Rips off His Shirt'
If age is a state of mind, I'm about 22 months old (screaming rages, clingy tears, separation anxiety - that's just with my computer in the mornings). But if it's only a state, I may be Illinois (stropped out, has seen better days). With my husband (Alaska:...
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Highland Chiefs Have Designs on Stella's Wedding
The Isle of Bute may never recover. Madonna, Pierce Brosnan and Lord of the Rings star Liv Tyler were among 100 celebrities who descended on the picturesque island on Scotland's west coast yesterday for the showbiz wedding of the year. As Stella McCartney...
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Him Indoors: `In the Wilderness There Are No Surfaces to Keep Clear'
You know how wild and free we are, we men? How civilisation confines us and how we need to measure ourselves against the wilderness? I took advantage of a pile of duvets in my front garden and went to sleep in Port Meadow last night. There's an adjacent...
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Homes: Design for Living - 112 Dog House
Please don't tell anyone (I want them to think I'm an unglamorous, hard-working journalist slaving at my desk), but in real life I spend my time striding around in elegant high heels (yes, I'm already very tall, but I don't care), nipping into shops,...
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Home Workers to Get New Legal Rights
Britain's 2.2 million home workers are to be given new employment rights under a government charter to be published on Tuesday. Developed by the Department of Trade and Industry, the charter is designed to offer so-called teleworkers the same rights...
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Hot Summer Sparks Global Food Crisis ; Agriculture Worldwide Grain Stocks Slump to Lowest Ever Levels as Heatwave Ruins Harvests
B This summer's heatwave has drastically cut harvests across Europe, plunging the world into an unprecedented food crisis, startling new official figures show. Separate calculations by two leading institutions monitoring the global harvest show that...
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How We Met: Tony Wilson & Paul Morley
Born in Salford, Tony Wilson (left), 53, was a Granada presenter when he co-founded Factory Records in 1978, home of Joy Division and Happy Mondays and owner of the Hacienda; this phase of his life was captured in the film `24 Hour Party People'. Wilson...
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Inquiry into `Victorian' Attitude to Pregnant Women at Work
The Equal Opportunities Commission is launching an investigation into discrimination against pregnant women at work. A new report shows increasing evidence that women are being sacked, docked pay or demoted by unenlightened employers - just for being...
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INSIDE LINES: Shock for FA as Our Ken Demands a Britain Utd
Ken Livingstone was talking about a "catastrophic failure" last week, though we hasten to add he wasn't referring to London's quest for the 2012 Olympics, in which, as the city's mayor, he is a key player. No, Ken was seeing red over the power cut which...
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Iraq: `Al-Qa'ida' Suspects Held for Najaf Bomb ; 19 Men, Many of Them Foreigners, Arrested after Scores Die
The streets of Najaf were not a good place to be a foreigner yesterday. Near the site of the huge car bomb that killed at least 75 people, including one of Iraq's most senior Shia clerics, Ayatollah Mohammad Bakr al-Hakim, a Turkish television crew was...
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Is This TV's Most Explicit Show Ever? ; Broadcasting Domination, Group Sex, Bizarre Fetishes ... It's All Part of `Pornography: The Musical', Written by an Award-Winning Poet
Television has never depicted anything like it. Channel 4 is to broadcast the most sexually explicit TV programme yet - Pornography: The Musical. It is the product of an oddball collaboration between one of Britain's leading poets and an award-winning...
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KELVIN STRIKES ; TalkSport Boss Is Girding Himself for a Legal Battle over Radio Ratings, Writes Heather Tomlinson
Kelvin MacKenzie will unleash all the venom he used to save for The Sun on Tuesday when he sues radio industry body Rajar. The chief executive of The Wireless Group, which owns TalkSport, is instructing Queen's Counsel to pursue legal action against...
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Leading Article: Repeat after Us: Policy First, Then Presentation
When Alastair Campbell goes, politics will lose a colourful personality and Tony Blair will miss having a staunch friend constantly at his side. Mr Campbell was not only a co-founder of New Labour; he was also a creator of Tony Blair. The reason he attracted...
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Leeds Looking to Extra Time for Debt Relief ; Football Chairman Close to Repayment Extension on Pounds 60m Bond. Abigail Townsend Reports
John McKenzie, the new chairman of Leeds United, is close to agreeing a crucial refinancing deal with the holders of the debt- laden football club's pounds 60m bond. Mr McKenzie is holding discussions to extend the honeymoon period on the 25-year loan....
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Life Stories: Here's Looking at You, Kid
My daughter is asleep in her buggy at the top of the staircase at the southern end of the serpentine foyer to the Saatchi Gallery on London's South Bank. The Beezer is nearly three but she sleeps like a baby. She looks dead when she's this far gone....
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MALICE IN WONDERLAND ; July 1981: Police Find Four People Bludgeoned to Death. the Only Clue: A Bloody Handprint. Its Owner: John Holmes, the Biggest Porn Star in LA. as a New Documentary about the Murders Is Released, Nick Compton Traces the Demise of the Man Who Inspired `Boogie Nights' and Reveals How a Pimping, Crack-Smoking Fantasist Became a Cult Hero
It is fresher up here in the rolling, winding streets above the flat dead heat of the city. It is 1 July, 1981, high summer in the Hollywood Hills. But there is no time to enjoy the cool air. Detective Tom Lange of the Los Angeles Police Department -...
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Markets: A City Diet of Cigarettes and Alcohol ; the Week Ahead
As September gets under way so too does the City, as traders and fund managers, back from summer breaks, gear up for blue-chip announcements. A broad range of familiar names are reporting, giving investors a chance to see how both the UK and mainland...
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Minister Will Not Share Stage with `Prison Reformer' Archer
You have to hand it to Jeffrey Archer. Just weeks after being released from prison, the disgraced peer, convicted perjurer and serial adulterer is to top the bill at a conference about ... prison reform. The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that...
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Money & Property: Log on to Join the House-Swap Jet Set ; Want to Take Holidays All over the World at Minimal Expense? Then Get on the Internet and Look for a Home Exchange, Says Sam Dunn
If you've just returned from holiday cursing the lousy hotel you ended up staying in, what about staying at home next year - not in yours but someone else's? House swapping - living rent-free in a stranger's home while the owners take a similar holiday...
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MONEY: There's Treasure Buried in Your Bricks and Mortar ; but for Pensioners, Equity Release Schemes Could Either Be a Godsend or a Curse, Says Melanie Bien
Equity release schemes, which enable pensioners to access some of the money tied up in their property without moving, seem like a godsend to thousands of older people desperate to supplement an inadequate retirement income. In the first half of this...
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MPs Quiz Energy Bosses on London Blackout
Senior power company executives are to be cross-examined by MPs after last week's power failure blacked out 400,000 homes and paralysed rail services in London. Executives at National Grid and the electricity suppliers will be questioned at least twice...
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MY WEEK: Oh, for the String-Instrument Missionary Position
I had planned to have the insomniac in my next novel loitering at the criminal court session that for decades has processed petty criminals between 1am and 9am. But crime in New York has plummeted so much that Mayor Bloomberg has killed the lobster shift....
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No Ice Age for Perma-Bears ; ECONOMIC VIEW
With US economic growth being revised up again, and now assumed to be running at 3.1 per cent in real terms, those who boldly declared a new ice age and a return of deflation as little as two months ago are feeling slightly awkward. Not to be deterred,...
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No, Really. We're Serious. ; It's Official: The Darkness Are Not Having Us on. Simon Price Meets the New Monsters of Rock
`I want you all to repeat after me..." Justin Hawkins, bare- chested and squinting into in the scorching midsummer sun, has 120,000 people in the palm of his hand. His onstage banter is well known to long-term fans. Once, back in the day, it might have...
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No Whitewash: Unilever's Drive to Dominate Africa ; as the Household Goods Giant Mops Up the Spending of the World's Poorest People, Jason Nisse Asks Where the Margins Will Come From
he beautifully appointed new headquarters of Unilever's African operations overlooks a rocky beach just north of the South African port city of Durban. It seems a million miles away from the giant slums that circle Nairobi, the small mud-hut villages...
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Observatory ; the Curious World of David Randall
People Basil Brush Mike Myers King Mswati III Where are they now? No 48: Older and more sophisticated readers may often wonder whatever became of Basil Brush. Well, the entertainer, now aged 40, is about to make a comeback, with a TV series and UK tour....
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ONE HOUR FROM: Sacramento, California: Take a Gamble in Thunder Valley
Discover the delights of California's Gold Country while stopping off for some wine along the way. Coloma Visit Sutter's Mill, the birthplace of the California Gold Rush, where James Marshall spotted golden specks glistening in the water in 1848. You...
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Paperbacks: The Queue for Justice Is a Very Long One ; Waiting for an Angel by Helon Habila PENGUIN Pounds 6.99
Keep going with this novel, for it is the stuff of hope. Waiting For an Angel begins placidly with Lomba, a poet and journalist, biding his time as an untried political prisoner. Curiously unbitter, Lomba floats through prison routines until a cell search...
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POLITICS AFTER CAMPBELL: THE COLLEAGUE - Love Him or Loathe Him
There were a couple of times when I was mistaken for a close mate of Alastair Campbell. I do not wish to speak ill of him, because he was not a bad guy to work with and he served Tony Blair and New Labour very well, but as a "friend" of mine he was a...
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POLITICS AFTER CAMPBELL: THE OPPOSITION VIEW - End the Culture of Deceit
I've watched the David Kelly tragedy unfold with growing horror. I've been appalled that per- sonal vendettas could be allowed to come before decent behaviour; that an independent institution such as the Civil Service can have been so emasculated; that...
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