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 6, 2006

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24 HOURS IN STOCKHOLM ; Drink Coffee like the Swedes, See a Maritime Marvel, Climb the City Hall Tower and Put on Your Finest for a Bedtime Drink
Skip the herring, feast on pastries 09.00: Rise and shine at the Grand Hotel before stepping out for breakfast. If the last thing you fancy is herring, try a coffee, smoothie and a pastry at the Ostermalmshallen (1), a 19th-century redbrick gothic market...
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800 British Troops Treated at the Priory ; Flashbacks of Atrocities Haunt Soldiers Crippled by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Their Return from Iraq
More than 1,541 soldiers who served in Iraq are suffering from psychiatric illnesses - with 800 personnel admitted to the Priory clinics in the past three years. As British soldiers come under intense pressure from serving in an increasingly hostile...
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ELECTRONIC **** Various The World is Gone XL Folk music and electronic music have been occasional bedfellows for a few years now. It was nice while it lasted, but this is where the affair turns ugly. The wilfully mysterious London production duo Various...
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All of Life, Measured in Tea Spoons ; VISUAL ART
Edinburgh Art Festival Various venues EDINBURGH If the summer's dog days continue, I would strongly recommend a trip to the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. Actually, even if it hails I'd urge a visit. In a downstairs room is an old-fashioned projector,...
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A Model of Restraint ; ALSO SHOWING the Notorious Bettie Page Mary Harron 91 M INS, 18
Mary Harron opens her hugely enjoyable account of Fifties bondage queen Bettie Page with a familiar scenario in an unfamiliar setting. It's 1955 and, in a Times Square bookstore, men in regulation hats and coats are browsing magazines with titles such...
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Among the Unpersons ; FICTION Shaun Johnson, Nelson Mandela's Closest Associate and One of South Africa's Leading Political Journalists, Has Written a Compelling Fictional Account of the Last Gasp of the Colonial Era and the Birth of Apartheid, Based on His Father's Papers the Native Commissioner by Shaun Johnson PENGUIN Pounds 12.99 Pounds 11.99 (P&P FREE) 08700 798 897
First some background: Shaun Johnson was South Africa's leading political journalist and editor up to and after the end of the apartheid era. He was active in the "struggle" from his student days, and there are several members of today's South African...
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An Excuse for Bump'n'grind ; DANCE Brasil Brasileiro Sadler's Wells LONDON the Pharaoh's Daughter Royal Opera House LONDON the Golden Age Coliseum LONDON
The sexiness of Brazilians dancing hardly needs to be remarked on, but what constantly surprises is how innocent they make it seem. They can do attitude, but attitude is a far smaller ingredient in the eroticism of a Brazilian dance than it is with tango,...
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Apax Calls Up Nursing Sale
The buyout firm Apax Partners has kicked off an auction for Healthcare at Home, a provider of in-home medical care, that could fetch up to pounds 125m, according to industry sources. Apax is understood to have hired the investment bank UBS to sell the...
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Athletics: Chambers Can Reign under a Gatlin Cloud ; European Championships. British Sprinter Is Nation's Leading Hope for a Place on the Podium - but after His Own Fal from Grace Would Gold Be Tarnished?
Dwain Chambers: disgraced drugs cheat or national sporting saviour? It could be a topic for the Radio Five Live phone-in a week tomorrow, the morning after the European Athletics Championships close in Gothenburg. At a time when the track-and-field world...
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Athletics: GOTHENBURG GOLDEN AGE: SIX OLDIES WHO CAN STILL MAKE THEIR MARK IN SWEDEN
MERLENE OTTEY (Slovenia, 100m) At 46, the grande dame of sprinting qualified to run in the 100m with an 11.41 sec clocking. Ottey was an Olympic 200m bronze medalist for Jamaica in 1980 - three years before Carolina Kluft, the Swedish heptathlon golden...
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Athletics: Pavey a Rare Hope in the Wilderness ; European Championships. the Woman Who Once Put Paula in Her Place May Brighten a Bleak Brit Awards
It was Paula Radcliffe who started the British goldrush at the last European Championships in Munich, causing such a scene of devastation in her high-speed wake in the 10,000m that it brought to mind the famous photograph of a nonchalant Daley Thompson...
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Athletics: Your Guide to the Best Action ; ON YOUR MARKS
TOMORROW: Carolina Kluft and Kelly Sotherton are in action on day one of the heptathlon. Dwain Chambers tests his thigh in the opening rounds of the 100m. Paula Radcliffe's 10,000m title is likely to pass to Elvan Abeyleg-esse of Turkey in first track...
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At Home with Castro ; SURVIVAL CUBA'S 'MAXIMUM CHIEF' as the Cuban Dictator Nears His 80th Birthday, Ill Health Has Forced Him to Hand over Power to His Brother, Raul. Phil Davison, Our Former Latin American Correspondent, Reveals the Secretive World of Fidel and His Family
On 28 July 1992, in his father's birthplace, a one-room stone croft in the rugged Spanish region of Galicia, Fidel Castro shed a tear. I had squeezed myself into the room before the door was closed and clearly saw the teardrop, a rare specimen, trickle...
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A Wee Word of Advice, Tommy: Make a Fuss of Your Wife, Man
Every day for 24 days, as Tommy and Gail Sheridan drove to Edinburgh's Court of Session to face whatever lurid allegations his sensational defamation case against the News of the World might bring, they sang "Everything's Coming Up Roses" together, to...
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Bad Debts Take Shine off Banks' Glittering Profits ; THE WEEK THAT WAS
The Bank of England surprised the market with a quarter-point rise in interest rates to 4.75 per cent last week. Its Monetary Policy Committee cited solid economic growth and the risk of above- target inflation as reasons for what observers saw as a...
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Beauty Spot: When It Comes to Treats, Hermione Eyre's Extravagance Knows No Bounds ; Style
Why is "must-have" only used to describe products you can really do without? Miniature handbags, gold-plated tissue holders and the like. I suspect it has something to do with capitalism. But since we're all on that economic bandwagon, we may as well...
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Beware the 'Vishing' Well: Phone Gangs Have Your Number ; the New Hi-Tech Fraud Targets Those Who Make Internet Cals
When one door closes, another one opens - or at least that's the way it seems for the fraudsters in our midst. Just as the banks start to get a grip on the cloning of credit cards - by protecting customers with chip and pin - computer- literate conmen...
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Borrowers Suffer 'Unjustified' Rise in Mortgage Payments ; Interest Rates
In a move that flew in the face of most forecasts, the Bank of England put up the cost of borrowing last week by 0.25 percentage points to 4.75 per cent. While some analysts and economists had predicted a hike in the base rate to keep inflation in check,...
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Bring in the Frowns ; THE CRITICS Jonathan Romney Miami Vice Michael Mann 132MINS, 15
Scowling machines: Colin Farrell and Gong Li star in Michael Mann's moody action film The tagline for Michael Mann's update of the TV cop show Miami Vice is "No law. No order. No rules." They could have added "No socks", but that was Miami Vice then...
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Britain's 339 Ghost Towns for 'Affordable' Starter Homes ; PROPERTY KEY WORKERS
Key workers, as the name suggests, are crucial to the well-being of local communities - a point recognised by the Government a few years ago when it introduced special home-purchase schemes to help public sector employees such as nurses, teachers, police...
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Butlins Goes from Hi-De-Hi to La-Di-Da with Timeshare Offer ; Rear Window Butlins 1960s
From glamorous grannies, knobbly knees and Dare-Devil Peggy to adults-only weekends, Vegas-style weddings and the Ministry of Sound, Butlins has come a long way in 70 years. But the holiday camp that launched a thousand imitators still boasts that its...
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Butt Steals Show with Double Hit
Steve McClaren saw an English midfielder get off the bench and score twice as Newcastle United fought back to draw 3-3 with Spain's Villarreal at St James' Park. But it was not Scott Parker, who could be in line for a recall to the England squad under...
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Castro's Cuba Shrugs off US Plea for Change
Cuba yesterday shrugged off efforts by the Bush administration to push for political change on the island in the wake of Fidel Castro's illness. It dismissed statements from President Bush and the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, as fodder for the...
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Ceasefire Hopes Rise as Thousands March in London against War
The UN Security Council met last night to review the text of a resolution that might bring about a ceasefire in Lebanon within days, but as the bloodshed continued, thousands of protesters marched in London and other capitals to demand an immediate halt...
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Children & the Net ; AN 'IoS' SPECIAL INVESTIGATION 1 in 12 Teenage Users Has Met a Stranger Via the Internet 6 in 10 Have Personal Profiles on Networking Sites 50,000 Paedophile? Are Online at Any One Time Two- Thirds of 12- to 19-Year-Old Users Hide Online Activities Children to Get 'E-Safety' Lessons in British Schools
Schoolchildren are to be taught about the dangers of the internet amid growing concern at the threat posed by paedophiles targeting chatrooms and social networking sites. A "family-friendly" system of "kite-marking", on government-approved websites and...
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Children & the Net ; AN 'IoS' SPECIAL INVESTIGATION 1 in 12 Teenage Users Has Met a Stranger Via the Internet 6 in 10 Have Personal Profiles on Networking Sites 50,000 Paedophiles Are Online at Any One Time Two- Thirds of 12-To 19-Year-Old Users Hide Online Activities Children to Get 'E-Safety' Lessons in British Schools
Schoolchildren are to be taught about the dangers of the internet amid government and police concern at the growing threat posed by paedophiles targeting chatrooms and social networking sites. A "family friendly" system of "kite-marking", on government-...
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Children & the Net ; AN 'IoS' SPECIAL INVESTIGATION 1 in 12 Teenage Users Has Met a Stranger Via the Internet 6 in 10 Have Personal Profiles on Networking Sites 50,000 Paedophiles Are Online at Any One Time Two- Thirds of 12- to 19-Year-Old Users Hide Online Activities MPs Call for 'E-Safety' Lessons in British Schools
Schoolchildren are to be taught about the dangers of the internet amid government and police concern at the growing threat posed by paedophiles targeting chatrooms and social networking sites. A "family friendly" system of "kite-marking", on government-...
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Cigars at the Ready as US Warms to Cuba ; Tobacco, Tourism, Nickel and Sugar Industries Al Stand to Benefit from Any Long-Awaited Regime Change
The news last week that President Fidel Castro had ceded control of Cuba - albeit temporarily - to his brother, Raul, because of health problems has set imaginations alight about what could be the beginning of a new era for the country. It could also...
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Cold Case Files ; News Analysis: POLICE FORENSICS Astonishing New DNA Tests May Solve the Murder of a Boy 39 Years Ago - as Well as Hundreds of Other Crimes
Suppose you killed a boy. Suppose you stopped the 12-year-old as he walked along a country path on the South Downs and stabbed him repeatedly with a steak knife in the back, chest and stomach. Suppose you threw the knife into the bushes and ran for a...
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COMMENT & DEBATE: Israel and the Art of Sophistry ; Middle East Crisis
In Tony Blair's speech in Los Angeles last Tuesday, he said he was sickened by what was happening in Lebanon but went on to effectively absolve Israel of responsibility for the devastation there. He urged: "Just for a moment, put yourself in Israel's...
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Convicts Freed in Italy's Mass Pardon Start New Crime Wave
As a way of easing pressure on Italy's overcrowded jails, the mass pardon that began to come into effect last week has the advantage of simplicity. But as a stream of released prisoners began heading straight back into the cells - one for attempting...
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Credo: Benjamin Zephaniah ; the Poet and Author Has Written a New Book for Children, and Is Curating a Photographic Exhibition
I believe in multicult-uralism. Because the opposite is monoculturism. Almost every experiment in monoculturism has failed. The thing about multicul-turalism is that when it's working, there's nothing to report. "Everyone was realy happy in Brixton today":...
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Cricket: Bell Finds Missing Link to Fulfilment ; THIRD TEST. Work on the Inner Game Unlocks Talent
Ian Bell has batted so beautifully for England in the current series, it is scarcely credible to think he might have not played in the last two Tests had Andrew Flintoff's ankle not let him down. Bell, left out of the early-summer series against Sri...
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Cricket: Numbers Add Up Only to Confusion over the Read Choice ; HEADINGLEY FOCUS
Chris Read was under no illusions. "There's always a certain amount of scrutiny," he said of his return as England's keeper. Not a certain amount. A lot, and it began in earnest at 4.35pm on Friday when Read came to the wicket because Kevin Pietersen...
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Cricket: Sky's Viewing Figures: Good or Bad Depending on Your Viewpoint ; HEADINGLEY DIARY
Sky television spend a fortune advertising their coverage of the Tests, but they are reticent about how many people actually watch it. Nobody doubts that more cricket fans would watch the Tests on terrestrial TV than on satellite. That was why the Sky...
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Cricket: Team England Need a Happy Odd Couple ; THIRD TEST. One Controversial Selection Does Not a Rift Make, but the Dropping of Jones Hints at a Change in the Fletcher-Graveney Marriage
It may never be officially revealed how England's team for the Headingley Test of 2006 came to be picked. The musings of selectors are unlike the discussions of governments, whose secrets on such matters as going to war are usually revealed after 30...
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Cricket: Younis and Yousuf Put Brakes on England ; Third Test. Two of Pakistan's Vaunted Big Three Dig Deep to Slow a Bandwagon Gathering Speed after Bel's Hundred and Harmison's Tail- End Fireworks
Drawn Tests hardly ever happen here. Since Ian Botham's melodrama against Australia 25 years ago, only two of 22 Tests have failed to produce a result. At 2pm yesterday afternoon, it looked as though tradition was being upheld. England had scored more...
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Cricket: Younis and Yousuf Put Brakes on England ; THIRD TEST Two of Pakistan's Vaunted Big Three Dig Deep to Slow a Bandwagon Gathering Speed after Bel's Hundred and Harmison's Tail- End Fireworks
At Headingley, drawn Tests hardly ever happen. Since Ian Botham's melodrama against Australia 25 years ago only two of 22 Tests have failed to produce a result. At 2pm yesterday afternoon, it looked as though tradition was being upheld. England had scored...
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Critics Create a Stink over Young's 'Sewage Works' of a Comedy ; When One of Their Own Turns Playwright, the Fur Will Fly
"Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp post how it feels about dogs," said the playwright Christopher Hampton. The considerably inferior Toby Young could be forgiven for taking a similar view at the end of a week...
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Cycling: Landis Stripped of Tour Victory
The organisers of the Tour de France have stated that the American Floyd Landis can no longer be considered the 2006 winner of the event after his second urine sample tested positive yesterday for excessive levels of testosterone. Landis has been sacked...
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Dear Prime Minister, ; Special report:Middle East Crisis
A "renaissance" in the West's approach to the "war on terror" is not before time. But will it be too late to save the war's original project? The first reaction of America and its allies after 9/11 was to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and deprive...
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Dear Prime Minister, ; Special Report: Middle East Crisis
Among the letters I receive about Iraq, a few are clearly written by demented people. Their paranoid style is easily recognisable. They use capital letters to distinguish the forces of darkness and the forces of light in Iraq. They have a simple-minded,...
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Dear Prime Minister, ; Special Report: Middle East Crisis AFGHANISTAN
A "renaissance" in the West's approach to the "war on terror" is not before time. But will it be too late to save the war's original project? The first reaction of America and its allies after 9/11 was to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and deprive...
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Dear Prime Minister, ; Special Report: Middle East Crisis IRAQ
Among the letters I receive about Iraq, a few are clearly written by demented people. Their paranoid style is easily recognisable. They use capital letters to distinguish the forces of darkness and the forces of light in Iraq. They have a simple-minded,...
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Dear Wolfgang ; Life's Little Dilemmas
I have a very agile dog who spills his water on my kitchen floor. Is there a bowl out there that avoids such a problem? I am getting fed up with cleaning up his spills (though of, course, I know it is not his fault). Angela Stephens, by email There is...
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Deep in the Bible Belt, a Small Town Buckles under the Weight of Its Piety ; out of America Stafford, Texas, Has 51 Churches - One for Every 351 Inhabitants. and They're Crippling the Place
Please, no more churches, we've got too many already." If ever there was a sentiment I thought I'd never hear in the land of God, the faithful and George W Bush, that was it. But I was wrong. Last week, Leonard Scarcella, the mayor of Stafford, Texas,...
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Despatches from the Front Line of Celebrity ; over Exposure by Hugo Rifkind CANONGATE Pounds 9.99 Pounds 9.99 (P&P FREE) 08700 798 897
The original and best gossip columnist in modern fiction is Adam Fenwick-Symes, the troubled protagonist of Evelyn Waugh's social satire, Vile Bodies. He's brittle, brilliant and impossibly accident- prone, and shines a pertinent, if rather tragic light...
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Divorce Hurts the Heart, However Big the Pay-Out
Women who divorce are more likely to get heart disease in later life than those who stay married, according to new research. Despite the pounds 48m divorce settlement awarded to Beverley Charman last week, it appears the majority of women who go through...
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Enduring, Endearing and Still Going at It Hammer and Tongue ; Old Boxing Champion Is Looking Forward to a Night of Knights. Alan Hubbard Talks to a Modest Icon in an Era of 'Untouchable' Stars THE INTERVIEW Sir Henry Cooper KNOCKABOUT STUFF FROM MAN WHO FLOORED CLAY
It is 35 years since Henry Cooper slung his famous hook for the last time. Six years ago Our 'Enery became Sir Henry, Britain's first and only boxing knight. Since then a succession of British heavyweights have been and gone, the good, the bad and the...
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Essential Edinburgh ; the World's Biggest Arts Festival Can Be Daunting - but Fear Not, Expert Help Is at Hand. First, Brian Logan Argues That Edinburgh Is the Place to Be in August. Next, Our Critics Pick out the Best of the Fest. Finally, a Bevy of Veterans Recall Their Greatest - and Not So Great - Festival Moments
Most of us, on reaching 60, might expect life to get a little quieter. Pipe, potting shed, port wine on the patio... But the Edinburgh Festival, as so often in its preceding 59 years, is doing things differently. This is the 60th birthday knees-up to...
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Even Now, the Death of Lorca Offers a Warning to the World
In the hills above Granada, amid a forest fragrant with the scent of pine needles, there is a shady hollow. In its centre, heaped with flowers, is a simple monument to the great Andalusian poet Federico Garcia Lorca, murdered in this lonely spot 60 years...
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Exit Allen. Now the Real Drama Begins ; ITV Wouldn't Be Alive Today without Charles Allen. Even If, as He Prepares to Step Down, the Advertising Revenue Is in Free Fall and the Output Isn't Up to Scratch - Yet
It has been a long, cold summer for ITV. The World Cup was a calamity during which five viewers tuned into BBC coverage for every one who watched matches on ITV1. Philip Schofield's much anticipated Saturday entertainment show It's Now or Never was ditched...
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Fed Up with Being Just Plain Jane? Well, Ditch Her. Be Marilyn Instead ; Modern Women Have the Right to Be Whoever They Want -Just Look at Jordan. One Problem: People May Think You're Bonkers
There are many mechanisms for coping with a dreary existence on this planet. I particularly admire the gambit where someone goes to bed plain Jane Smith and awakes knowing she's the last direct heir to the lost throne of Atlantis. Only last week the...
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Fishing: Where to Go Boozing with George Bush ; FISHING LINES
What would you ask George Bush Snr if you bumped into him at Nimmo Bay Lodge in British Columbia? You've probably only got time for one question before two men the size of Clydesdales pound you into a pulp for daring to talk to the former president....
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Fixed Deals Lift the Clouds over Savers
Many savers have suffered at the hands of the interest-rate cutters over the past few months - even though the Bank of England base rate has just gone up by 0.25 per cent after 11 months on hold.But for some savers, the deals are getting better. These...
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Food&drink: My Round ; Sick of Warm Beer? Try Richard Ehrlich's Cool, Fruity Antidote
It's hotter than glowing coals as I write these words in the steamy suburbs of New York City, and even hotter, I am led to believe, in much of Britain. The heat surely accounts for the horror stories that the admirable Cask Marque have relayed to me...
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Food&drink: Terry Durack Revels in Rich Roman Cuisine without the Hefty Price Tag ; Eating Out
It really bothers me when people keep telling me what a cushy, charmed life I lead as a restaurant critic - as if all I do is swan around eating and drinking the finest food and wine in the world. Anyway, there I was on the Venetian lagoon, lolling about...
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Football: Bendtner Rescues Blues ; THE CHAMPIONSHIP. Jerome Sent off on Debut as Bruce's Men Struggle to Adjust While Luton Revel in the Step Up
Birmingham City 2 Colchester Utd 1 Half-time:1-0 Att: 24,238 Birmingham's bid to regain their top-flight status spluttered into life yesterday as the team regarded as Championship favourites started with an opening-day win against newcomers Colchester...
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Football: Bennett Strikes First to Ease Forest Nerves ; LEAGUES ONE AND TWO
Managerial changes at international and Premiership level make the bigger headlines, but the turnover of hot-seat incumbents in the lower leagues often takes the breath away. The League One manager arguably under greatest pressure to deliver is Nottingham...
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Football: Ferguson Provides a Spine for England but Chelsea Have the Backbone for Title
It is what could be regarded as Keeping up with the Joses... Mourinho's got his midfield Michael, so Sir Alex Ferguson has to show off his. A bit like parking his new car in the drive, inviting everyone to take a squint as they pass by. Even Carrick's...
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Football: Hartson Hammers Hull as Gera Pulls the Strings
West Bromwich 2 Hull City 0 Half-time: 0-0 Att: 20,682 For a manager who has just suffered relegation there is no better way to show that you do still know your stuff than when a player you have bought scores the winner. That was the case here as John...
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Football: Hayles on Song for Unlucky Plymouth
Plymouth Argyle 1 Wolves 1 Half-time: 1-0 Att: 15,964 Try as Plymouth Argyle might, before and after they had a goal credited to summer signing Barry Hayles, the luck of the Irish prevailed at Home Park. Wolverhampton Wanderers did not bring a single...
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Football: Healy Sets Leeds off on Long Road Back
Leeds Utd 1 Norwich City 0 Half-time: 1-0 Att: 22,417 Exactly 11 weeks ago, Leeds were defeated in the Championship play-off final by Watford. Their off-season lasted just five weeks, two of which their manager, Kevin Blackwell, spent on jury service....
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Football: Hearts Pay Cost of Interference
Valdas Ivanauskas did not quite clock up as many air miles as Gordon Strachan in midweek, but he outdid his managerial rival for travel sickness. While Celtic flew to the other end of the world and back to get to Tynecastle today, poor Ivanauskas returned...
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Football: Hot Spur ; PREMIERSHIP COUNTDOWN. Come in the New No 9 - with Goals That Can Take the Hurt out of White Hart Lane Striker Coveted by United Can Make the Difference as Jol Battles the Big Four
There's more than a hint of missionary zeal about Martin Jol as he strives to discover that long-lost lite European place that has eluded Tottenham Hotspur for 45 years. The Spurs manager and his team, it will be recalled, were sick to the stomach -...
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Football: Injury to Newsigning Proves a High Price to Pay
Ajax 0 Manchester Utd 1 Half-time: 0-0 Michael Carrick hobbled out of the Amsterdam Aren A on crutches as Manchester United's Premier ship plans were thrown into disarray. Bringing the trophy home from the four-team tournament was little consolation...
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Football: 'Monster' Murray Impresses Holloway
Plymouth Argyle 1 Wolves 1 Half-time: 1-0 Att: 15,964 Try as Plymouth Argyle might, before and after a goal credited to summer signing Barry Hayles, the luck of the Irish prevailed at Home Park. Wolverhampton Wanderers didn't draw a single save from...
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Football: Newell's Loyalty Rewarded with a Flying Start
Luton Town 2 Leicester City 0 Half-time: 2-0 Att: 8,131 This was good news day for Luton, starting with the pre-match announcement that their sought-after manager, Mike Newell, had signed a new four-year contract and concluding with an emphatic win over...
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Football: O'Neill Puts Panache on Priority List ; VILLA'S SAVIOUR. Arrival of Manager Most Clubs Would Crave Promises Exciting Times Ahead after the Turmoil
He makes an unlikely Mr Motivator, this character covetedby just about every club in the land, as he shuffles in diffidently clad in dark designer suit and grey tie. His head is lowered initially' he is seemingly reluctant to raise those bespectacled...
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Football: O'Neill Wary of the 'Deadly' Takeover Moments
Few in football will not welcome the return of Martin O'Neill, particularly given the circumstances that brought about his departure from Celtic - namely, his wife Geraldine's health. Yet if Friday at Villa Park was all abut the Northern Irishman, there...
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Football: Robb's Own Goal Saves Rangers' Day ; Scottish Premier League. Freakish Equaliser Spares le Guen's Blushes
Rangers 2 Dundee Utd 2 Half-time: 0-1 Att: 50,394 Rangers revolution? There was something in the air yesterday at Ibroxbut it smelled like revolt until a piece of fortune hauled Paul le Guen's house-warming from the brink of defeat. Rangers fans were...
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Football: Rooney Reported but May Escape Wrath of FA ; Rooney: 'Ridiculous Decision'
Manchester United's hopes of making a flying start to the season will be left to the mercy of the Football Association. It was felt initially at Soho Square that they would be spared the task of handling the double dismissal of Wayne Rooney and Paul...
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Football: Scowcroft Gives Taylor Plenty to Crow about ; THE CHAMPIONSHIP. Referee Shrouds Debutant's Winner in Controversy
Ipswich Town 1 Crystal Palace 2 Half-time: 1-0 Att:25,413 Two returning sons, two conflicting fortunes. Just as Ipswich's Jim Magilton - who vacated the midfield at the end of last season only to then be appointed manager - was set to celebrate his first...
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Football: Stanley Beaten but Unbowed ; New Era for Accrington. Chester Victory Fails to Dampen Romance after 44-Year Wait
Chester City 2 Accrington Stanley 0 Half-time: 1-0 Att: 3,779 The Accrington Observer website was succinct. "We're back," the headline pronounced, with no need for further elaboration. After 44 years outside the Football League in that pocket of East...
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Football: The Making of Michael Carrick ; PREMIERSHIP COUNTDOWN. Redknapp Predicts a Long England Career for the United Midfielder with Lovely Feet'
So, for an outlay of pounds 14 million, possibly rising to pounds 18.6m if club and player do the business on the field, what have Manchester United bought in Michael Carrick? Is he the latest overpriced attempt by Sir Alex Ferguson to replace Roy Keane...
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Forward March: Six More Striking Recruits in the Premiership
ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO (Chelsea) The Ukrainian arrives in the empire of his friend Roman Abramovich with a reputation as the one of the world's top three strikers despite an undistinguished World Cup. The 29-year-old cost pounds 30m after seven years at Milan,...
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From Russia with Love: 'Web Brides' Gang Caught
Plenty of Western men looking for Russian brides on the internet have been conned out of their money, but a gang in the Urals has found a new twist. It posted photographs of some of the most beautiful and famous women in Russia on the net, claiming they...
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Gardens: Christopher Stocks Goes Where Other Begoniaphobes Fear to Tread
Belgium is famous for many things, from Plastic Bertrand to Maurice Maeterlinck, but not many people know that it's also the world's largest producer of hybrid begonias. Though they originate in Mexico and were named after Michel Bgon (1638-1710), a...
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Germany's Softly-Softly Approach Just Lights Touchpaper of the English Nazis ; SPORT ON TV
A World Cup in Germany was always bound to bring trouble: xenophobic drunks occupying town squares, waving inflatable Spitfires and singing songs about the war. On one day in Munich they downed 17 litres of beer each. England's desultory displays, Alan...
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Global Warming: 100 Years of Living Dangerously ; EXPERT VIEW
As we fly off for our holidays, with the memory of a record hot July still fresh in our minds, our thoughts turn to global warming. Is it happening? Will it be disastrous? What can be done to stop it or adjust to it? Not many people now dispute that...
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Golf: Ken Deserves to Take Some Spinal Tap ; THE HACKER
The theory that playing golf promotes health, vitality and a long life would not gain much credence if you were to eavesdrop on many of the conversations that take place in club bars after a round. Comparisons of ailments take up almost as much of the...
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Golf: Sherri Still Stays Sweet over Links Golf ; WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN. Twice Champion Is Back in Front as the Leading Lights Prepare for Thrilling Final Round
The hare was caught, passed and all but skinned here yesterday. Unfortunately for the rest of the field, just as Juli Inkster did her reverse rabbit to join them, the bell rang for Sherri Steinhauer to bound clear. And so they will all have to burst...
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Golf: Wie's Bit of Bother with Her Short Game ; WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN. Young Star Fals Back to Earth
Shi Hyun Ahn, a 21-year-old Korean who has something Michelle Wie does not - an LPGA victory - produced a beautiful third-round 69 in the Weetabix Women's British Open. Shi is one of several talented young players in the women's game and she outscored...
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Good Buys ; This Week in the Shops
Box of delights Luxury luggage company Globe-Trotter has always had something of a celebrity following - Kate Moss is a big fan - thanks to its huge range of beautifully constructed cases. And with its richly lacquered finish and Thai silk lining, the...
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Handel in the 21st Century: Just Add Beer ; CLASSICAL Orlando Wilton's Music Hall, LONDON Voices Royal Albert Hall GLYNDEBOURNE
From Achilles to Zidane, there are few things more poignant than a hero's fall from grace. Such is the subject of Handel's 1733 opera Orlando, the tale of a knight driven mad by love, or, in Netia Jones's sometimes moving, often baffling modern-dress...
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Hey Mum, Let's Get Fresh ; Are We There Yet?
All this hot weather and pollution has triggered some nasty breathing problems for my son Patrick, who at the grand old age of 10 has announced he's had enough of city life and wants to retire to the countryside. He says he has an urge to "see what nature...
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Hollywood Meltdown ; COMMENT &DEBATE LA Is a Crazy Town. and the Movie Zone Is Crazier Stil. the Critic and Historian David Thomson Knows It Better Than Most. Which Is Why He Says That, despite His Malibu Moment, Mel Gibson's as Jewish as the Next Guy
Mel Gibson is a superstar, and the system will not forget that he makes money for a lot of people. When it comes to money, Hollywood is a model of liberalism, equality and fairness. No matter the colour or creed, everyone is entitled to the money if...
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Horse Racing: Ouija Board Raises the Rafters ; GLORIOUS GOODWOOD. Dettori and a Thriled Crowd Hail Their Heroine after Spectacular Duel
Three cheers for a horse is not something often heard in this modern era, now far removed from the time when equines were part and parcel of life and affection. But yesterday someone in the always knowledgeable crowd here called for the old-time accolade...
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HOTEL OF THE WEEK ; STAYING PLACES Put Those Shades Back on! It's a White-Out Inside Design Hotel Skt Petri, Copenhagen's Cool Stopover
Housed within a former department store dating back to the 1930s, the Skt Petri (Saint Petri) sells high five-star style. From the moment you enter the predominantly white public space with large splashes of red, your eye is drawn to the vast, cathedral-like,...
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How Canada Became My Dirty Little Secret
Bill Bryson was recently asked what country he'd like to write his next book about. He replied that he wanted to write about Canada, but when he mentioned the place to publishers they ran a mile. Unfortunately for you, I'm back here for my annual three...
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How We Met Dean Lennox Kelly & Richard Coyle ; 'We're like a Pair of Girls Talking about Pedicures, Clothes and the Latest in Skin Care'
We first met in a dank locker room at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. I was surrounded by a lot of hairy arses and I noticed this guy with a lot of hair everywhere except his arse - and that was Dean. He came over and made some wisecrack about me...
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'I Can Hear the Prawns from Here!' ; TELEVISION Hermione Eyre Trawlermen BBC1 How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria? BBC1 Time Trumpet BBC2
'Is this is the most dangerous job in gasped the voiceover. The ' of Trawlermen were really for the hard sell. It was a documentary about a day in the life of fisher folk in the North Atlantic but in the editing suite it seemed to have acquired the post-production...
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'I Feared for My Unborn Child,' Says Gail Sheridan ; Now Witnesses in Husband's Libel Trial May Be Prosecuted for Perjury
Gail Sheridan, the wife of the Scottish politician who last week won pounds 200,000 in a libel action, has revealed that she feared for her unborn child after the publication by the News of the World of lurid allegations about her husband. "The enormity...
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If Your Kids Make the Grade, You Could Be a Landlord ; PROPERTY BUYING FOR A CHILD AT UNIVERSITY
With A-level results due out on 17 August, parents across the country will be preparing for the day when their children head off to university, and into student digs. Some will have resigned themselves to forking out three years of rent, so their kids...
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India Chooses Dollars over a Quiet Life
The debate over whether developing economies should liberalise their capital accounts (the flow of money in and out) is contentious, and not least in India. The country has maintained controls on capital that limit foreign investment but confer strong...
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In 'The Archers', No One Can Hear You Scream ; RADIO
Well, we now have all had time to take on board the implications of the big new story in The Archers' and they are most disturbing. The burgeoning love affair between Titcombe and Mrs Pugsley is one of the more distressing developments in the recent...
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Invasion of the False Black Widow ; There Are Wasp Spiders in Lincolnshire, Scorpions in Liverpool - and Al Thanks to Climate Change
As the whether heats up again and you kick off your flip-flops, watch your step. You could risk a nasty nip from any of several fierce creatures which thrive in extreme heat. As Britain swelters under the impact of climate change, exotic spiders, scorpions...
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IN VIKING FOOTSTE PS WALKING ON THICK ICE ; It's Hard to Keep a Clear Head When the Ground Is Shifting beneath Your Feet. Unless You Are a Fearless 12-Year-Old. Sankha Guha and Family Discover the Joys, and Fears, of Norway's Mighty Glaciers, a Landscape in Perpetual Motion
The towers of ice that rise before us might have been multistorey car parks in another life. They take their place among canyons and crevasses, gullies and overhangs. Water roars through hidden wormholes beneath our feet' nothing is stable' the whole...
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'I Owe It All to My Wife,' Says Victorious Tommy Sheridan ; Now Witnesses in His Libel Trial May Be Prosecuted for Perjury
A short time ago, Tommy Sheridan was little known outside Scotland. As the leader of the Scottish Socialist Party, he was simply a powerful figure in the political landscape north of the border. Now that has all changed. Less than 24 hours after defeating...
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Is America Fit for Freedom? ; FICTION Terrorist by John Updike HAMISH HAMILTON Pounds 17.99 Pounds 16.50 (P&P FREE) 08700 798 897
Iohn Updike has written 52 books. I have read most of them, and every Updike is a beacon in my reading year. Updike's themes, with a few exceptions, are e, human yearning (which covers art, sex, and religion), and America, in both its physical and mythical...
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