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 May 20, 2007

2–M M–Y
24 Hours in Arezzo ; the Compact Traveller
Breakfast bells The bells of Trinity 08.00: church behind the Hotel Vogue (1) on Via Guido Monaco (0039 0575 24361; voguehotel.it) ring out for Mass. The fresh fruit that dominates breakfast is ballast for the carbs ahead. Stepping on to Via Guido Monaco,...
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A Card with a Sting or Two in the Tail ; BUSINESS & MONEY
Rumours of the death of 0 per cent interest on balance transfers have long echoed around the credit card market. Yet these deals just keep on coming. Halifax is the latest provider to jump on the bandwagon, with the relaunch of its One Card, which has...
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A Garden Stroll with a Jolly Good Fellowes ; Brief Encounter
Among the London red brick and stucco, a little door gives unexpectedly on to the lush greenery of the Chelsea Physic Garden. Corn cockle wildflowers bloom here, just minutes off the King's Road. "Rus in Urbs," I say to my companion for this week, the...
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A Judge's Wise Words Lost in the Web ; COMMENT & DEBATE
'What are the Beatles?" "What is B&Q?" "What is a McDonald's?" "Who is Gazza?" And, now, "I don't understand what a website is". These are some of the more or less harmless indications of other- wordliness emergent from several of our judiciary from...
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A Little Frisson amid the Fuschias: The Choicer Moments at Chelsea ; Rear Window ++ Chelsea Flower Show 1932
A mixed year for horticulture, 1913: the first Chelsea Flower Show, and also when Gertrude Stein coined one of the most underwhelming lines on a flower in the whole of poetry. "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," she wrote. Well, with tens of thousands...
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Allardyce Will Soon Know the Real Meaning of Stress ; BIG SAM'S BIG JOB. Newcastle's New Man Must Arrest Big-Thinking Club's Descent into a Well-Attended Sideshow
As he chats after his unveiling as Newcastle United's seventh manager in a decade, Sam Allardyce looks the picture of relaxation, but underneath there are concerns. The 52-year-old is a worried man. Worried that modern top-level football management is...
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All the Problems in the World ; ... Because There's No Such Thing as a Stupid Question
Which language has the most extensive vocabulary? Neil Burrows There are up to 7,000 languages - from Tagish, which has just two remaining speakers in Canada's Yukon Territory, to Mandarin (over 1.2bn speakers ) - but which one boasts the most words?...
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America's Awkward Liberal ; THE SUNDAY PROFILE ++ MICHAEL MOORE ++ His New Film 'Sicko' Attacks the US Health System, but the Fun Will Be Better Than the Propaganda
The last time Michael Moore had a movie to promote, his 2004 Bush- bashing documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, he manufactured a controversy on the eve of its premiere at the Cannes Festival accusing the Walt Disney Company of attempting to censor him for political...
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ANCIENT RUINS PLAIN SAILING ; Thomson Cruises Has Gone Upmarket with a New Cultural Tour of the Eastern Med. Simon Redfern Tried It Out
Due to the vagaries of my school time-table, at the age of 11 I was forced to choose between studying geography, Greek or physics, chemistry and biology. I chose the sciences, the upshot being that I've spent the rest of my life in a fog of ignorance...
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And the Beat Goes Ping. and the Beat Goes Pong ; JAZZ ++ Roberto Fonseca St George's, BRISTOL
There's an invisible beam running from the eyes of Roberto Fonseca to the answering gaze of his magnificent drummer, Ramses Rodriguez. As Fonseca begins the early skirmishes of what, one starts to recog-nise early on, is going to become another epic...
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Andy Lynes Says There's No Need to Go Hungry for Your Art ; FOOD OF THE WEEK
Culture is always more fun if there's a plate or two of fine food to feed the stomach as well as the mind. Enjoy everything from stand-up to experimental theatre in the Arts Centre's Black Box then pop next door to the waterfront EQ Cafebar, 100 St Kilda...
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Another Week, Another Deal - Now Tchenguiz Targets M&B ; THE WEEK AHEAD
This week it is Mitchells & Butlers' turn. Last week, the City had its sights trained on J Sainsbury, the supermarket giant under pressure to give investors a chunk of money by hiving off some of its massive real estate portfolio. In the end, it concluded...
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Are Our Critics 'Dead White Men'? ; National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner Thinks Too Many of Them Are. but the 'IoS' Drama Critic Looks along the Row at Her First-Night Colleagues and Begs to Differ
The artistic director of the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner, has made a surprise announcement. As reported in The Times last Monday, he has declared that a large number of leading British drama critics are dead. Given that just two years ago the NT...
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A Repellent PR Tried to Put the Bite on Me ; FISHING LINES
My friend and regular travelling companion John Bailey was appalled when he got a batch of photographs back after a Russian trip. The whole lot were slightly out of focus, and they came with one of those superior notes advising him to clean his lens,...
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A Second Alexander ; HISTORY ++ Napoleon in Egypt: The Greatest Glory by Paul Strathern CAPE [Pound]20
'But for you English, I would have been Emperor of the East." remarked Napoleon to the Captain of the Bellerophon, the ship that transported him to his final exile on St Helena, following his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. It referred to Napoleon's ill-fated...
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A Shropshire Lad in Georgia ; HISTORY ++ Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore WEIDENFELD [Pound]25
Stalin came to love life lived in the shadows, and Simon Sebag Montefiore argues that the "world apart" of konspiratsia was the crucial formative experience of his life. Born Josef Djugahsvili, this son of a feckless Georgian cobbler and a proud, onward-urging...
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At Gordon Ramsay's New Pub, Terry Durack Finds Grub That's Not Quite Up to Snuff ; Eating Out
Nobody would expect a theatre or opera critic to amble into the latest production midway through its run, kindly allowing the performers to get over first-night jitters and settle into a coherent whole before being judged. Likewise, every British restaurant...
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A Tough Trip for Private Pikes - but Don't Panic ; ENGLAND ON TOUR. Defiant Ashton Looks beyond Damage Limitation
Sitting in a cavernous bar called The Invincibles in the bowels of Twickenham, Brian Ashton did not sound entirely convinced that he was doing the right thing in travelling to the badlands of Bloemfontein and Pretoria with a seriously depleted squad....
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Auntie Demonstrates That Breaking Up Is Really Not So Very Hard to Do ; THE CUP FINAL ON TELEVISION
There were tears and recriminations even before the BBC went on air for the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley. The realisation had suddenly set in that we were saying goodbye to people who'd become our friends over the years, sharing joy, heartache...
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BA Brings Private Equity Rivals Together to Launch Iberia Offer ; BUSINESS & MONEY
British Airways has brought together a pair of rival private equity firms to form a bidding consortium that could launch an offerfor Iberia, the Spanish airline, as soon as this week. The carrier has been in talks for several weeks with Texas Pacific...
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Banks Ramp Up Their Bid for the Islamic Pound ; for Years, Customers Had to Sacrifice Their Principles in Order to Borrow or Invest. Now Muslim Banking Is Going Mainstream
For most of us, opening a bank account or taking out a mortgage wouldn't mean breaking the law. But for many Muslims in Britain, everyday personal finance is incompatible with religious teaching. Under sharia law, it is considered riba, or usury, to...
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Bath Rue Lack of Ambition as Malzieu Marches Past ; CHALLENGE CUP FINAL. French Side's Win Gives Heineken Place to Quins
Clermont Auv 22 Bath 16 Half-time: 3-6 Att: 10,134 Clermont Auvergne won the European Challenge Cup for the second time, justifiably so given their vastly greater attacking prowess, which Bath were able to counter only in a gripping final quarter....
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BEAUTY AND THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER ; What Makes a Great Museum? the Collections within It, Says Philippe De Montebello. He Should Know, He's Been Director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Past 30 Years. Interview by Elizabeth Heathcote
I think the answer to what makes a great museum is irreducible - it is the collections. The activities, the programmes, the exhibitions, the educational materials - all of these things are ancillary to the collections. If a museum does not have great...
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Below Pars Need Final Lift ; SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Dunfermline 0 Falkirk 3 Half-time: 0-0 Att: 5,087 Falkirk's raucous fans came to East End Park to bury Dunfermline Athletic, not praise them. They got their wish, giving their bitter rivals a miserable send-off from the Scottish Premier League and...
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Bible-Bashing Won't Do You Any Good ; FILM: ALSO SHOWING
Black Snake Moan (116 mins, 15) has one of the most astoundingly lurid and tasteless stories imaginable. It stars Samuel L Jackson as a grizzled, Bible-bashing, Tennessee farmer who finds a boozy, semi- naked nymphomaniac, Christina Ricci, by the side...
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Blair to Go Catholic? His Sights Are Set Higher ; COMMENT & DEBATE
In his resignation speech in the Sedgefield constituency 10 days ago, Tony Blair consummated his dance of veils in front of the British electorate by revealing absolutely nothing about what values he stands for. He gave us lists of good and bad things:...
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Britain's Chance to Cool It ; LEADING ARTICLE
Tony Blair cuts an increasingly forlorn figure in his final weeks. His sixth visit to Baghdad and Basra, and presumably his last as Prime Minister, finds the country in as bad a state as it has been since the invasion four years ago. Just to make the...
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Brown Backers Unite to 'Crush' Blairite in Deputy Leadership Race ; HOME NEWS
Supporters of Gordon Brown have launched an "anyone but Hazel" campaign to stop Hazel Blears becoming deputy leader of the Labour Party. Some MPs believe that Ms Blears, an ardent supporter of Tony Blair, must not be allowed to take over from John Prescott....
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Bush's Men in Grey Suits Give the President an Ultimatum ; out of America ++ by Summer's End, Republican Support for the War Could Vanish
In Italian politics they talk about "Generale Agosto" - the all- conquering "General August" who sweeps the best-laid plans aside and forces solutions upon the most intractable problem. In the Mediterranean nothing withstands the immutable reality of...
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'Business as Usual', as Mortar Bomb Marks Blair's Visit to Green Zone ; HOME NEWS
After a mortar dropped on the British embassy compound in Baghdad just before Tony Blair arrived yesterday (right), his spokesman said there was "nothing to suggest anything other than business as usual". That was accurate, but probably not in the way...
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But Harry, We've Already Lost ; COMMENT & DEBATE
When Prince Harry reads the newspapers this weekend, let's hope that, after perusing this journal, he looks up last week's Chatham House report on Iraq. His non-deployment may seem less of a blow when he fully understands what's happening there, and...
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Calypso Fiasco: Militant Players in Strike Threat ; EXCLUSIVE. Ruling Body Given Three-Month Deadline to Improve the Way They Run the Game - or Else
International cricketers are threatening to strike unless there is dramatic change to the running of their sport. After a sequence of embarrassing cock-ups by the International Cricket Council, the players' patience appears finally to have snapped during...
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Carluccio's Staff Paid [Pound]1.60 an Hour below the Minimum Wage ; the Restaurant Chain Makes Millions, but Relies on Customer Tips to Top Up the Pay Packets of Its Waiters
Antonio Carluccio this week looked the picture of prosperity, as he might. His chain of cafes and upmarket groceries reported half- year profits of [pound]2.4m as ambitious expansion plans surged ahead. But unlike their prosperous boss, Carluccio's waiting...
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Cavaliers Give Way to Roundheads ; New PM, New Court: It's Going to Be All Change on the No 10 Guest List ++ Blair Loved His Celebrity Chums. Brown Likes His Too. It's Just That His Prefer to Discuss Third World Debt Than Drone on about Cool Britannia
Within weeks of Tony Blair's victory in 1997, a group of pop stars, fashion designers and actors were invited to Downing Street for a glamorous champagne party. The images of Mr Blair nibbling canapes with the likes of Noel Gallagher of Oasis and Caroline...
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Chat Me Up? Pull the Other One ; Laughter Is the Best Aphrodisiac, According to Academics at Edinburgh University. While Men Believe Sexual Innuendo Works, Women Much Prefer Humour. Sarah Harris and Tom McTague Put the Research to the Test
Which is better - smutty or seductive? Standing on the bustling fringes of the Market Place bar in Soho, a glass of wine in one hand, sweaty chat-up lines in the other, and my dignity in tatters, I survey the crowd of post-work drinkers for my first...
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Civilian Deaths Prompt NATO Rethink ; Growing Number of Afghan Casualties in Anti-Taliban Operations Turns Population against Their 'Liberators'
Nato has promised to review its military tactics in Afghanistan, amid warnings from senior Afghan politicians that the growing number of civilian deaths in operations against the Taliban risks provoking a major backlash. General John Craddock, Nato's...
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Clean in Thought, Word and Deed ; TELEVISION ++ Ian Hislop's Scouting for Boys BBC4 ++ Mind Your F***ing Language Channel 4 ++ Make Me a Virgin Channel 4
What's the man from Have I Got News For You doing skulking around in the woods at dusk, brandishing a marshmallow on a stick? It looks like Ian Hislop's Scouting for Boys. That dry old twig of a joke was placed in the title of the BBC4 profile of Robert...
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Confident Prior Shows Few Fears on Facing Second Examination ; ENGLAND'S NEW ALL-ROUNDER
Matthew Prior passed his first test as England's wicketkeeper summa cum laude by scoring a fast and savage hundred. Yesterday he sat, or rather crouched, for the second stage of his examination - behind the stumps. He had said the night before, with...
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CONSCIENCE MONEY ; the Amount We Pay to Offset Our Carbon Footprint Can Vary Wildly. Ian Taylor Finds out Why
Concern about the environment is growing in tandem with air travel. With two million more flights scheduled this month than a year ago, payments to offset carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in Britain are expected to rise tenfold this year. But there is...
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CONTINUATION: Ministers Push for [Pound]14bn Tidal Barrage in the Severn Estuary ; HOME NEWS
resource" and that "the Severn barrage is a project whose time has come". He added: "With the huge threat of climate change, it is only through clean, green energy projects like this that we can make the necessary reductions in our carbon emissions."...
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CONTINUATION: Wembley Was Up for the Cup ; HOME NEWS
Chelsea and Manchester United and finally given the world-class stadium their talents deserve, could only produce a 0-0 draw. Didier Drogba, the Ivorian, settled it in extra time, scoring after 116 minutes. So it was the exhausted English captain of...
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Crown Estate Targets Energy Giants for Its Wind-Farm Plans ; BUSINESS & MONEY
E.ON, Centrica and other major energy groups have been approached by the Crown Estate over plans to build offshore wind farms large enough to supply millions of homes with power. The Crown Estate, which owns the seabed around Britain, told wind farm...
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C&W to Take on Mobile Giants with New Workplace Service ; BUSINESS & MONEY
Cable& Wireless is set to enter the cut-throat mobile market and compete directly with the likes of Vodafone, Orange and O2. The company is to launch a service that will enable its business customers to make calls over a small mobile network within offices....
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Dallaglio Enticed by Howard's Way ; HEINEKEN CUP FINAL. A Tale of Two Coaches, One on His Way Home, the Other Just Starting to Learn the Trade
The winning impetus in today's climactic club event - the first all-English final in the dozen years of the Heineken Cup, no less - could come from anywhere, but the eye is drawn to a contrasting figure on each side. For Leicester, a mild-mannered head...
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David's Band of Etonian Brothers ; He Wears His Privileged Past Very Lightly. but beyond the Affability and the Open-Neck Shirts, David Cameron Remains an Eton Man through and through. James Hanning and Francis Elliott Uncover the Old- School Ties the Tory Leader Would Be Lost without. Illustration by Elliot Thoburn
There's a line in "The Eton Boating Song" that goes: "Nothing in life shall sever the chain that is round us now". And nobody is bound by that chain more forcefully than the would-be next Tory prime minister, old Etonian David Cameron. All leaders like...
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Dedication Game: Dirk's Heart in Land of His Father ; CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE FINAL. Kuyt's Indefatigable Style and Dedication to the Team Cause Has Endeared Him to the Kop - and on Wednesday Liverpool Hope to Be Suitably Inspired
He started the game, as many have and will continue to do so under Rafa Benitez's management, from the bench. Thirty-eight minutes is all Anfield saw of him that day in late August. There was a mighty hurrah at the arrival of the blond striker, the applause...
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Dickens World, Kent ; DAYS OUT
The venue Kent has always made the most of its Dickens connections and this Friday sees the launch of a new [pound]62m indoor visitor attraction at the former Royal Naval Dockyard at Chatham, close to where the famous author grew up. The aim is to re-create...
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Dickson Nailed in Coffin Corner ; AMERICA'S CUP
They call it "coffin corner", the area around the buoy which marks the left-hand end of the start line, and Chris Dickson found himself trapped in it yesterday. Already 3-1 down in his semifinal of the Louis Vuitton challenger elimination series for...
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Discs ; ABC
POP Sophie Ellis Bextor Trip the Light Fantastic FASCINATION Have you heard? Sophie Ellis-Bextor has been found dead in the living room of a famous French footballer: police are treating it as murder on Zidane's floor. That oft-repeated joke is just...
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Down and out in Chicago ; THEATRE ++ Big White Fog Almeida LONDON ++ the Maids BRIGHTON Old Ship Hotel ++ My Child Royal Court Downstairs LONDON
Exactly a year ago, the Almeida brought us Maxim Gorky's rarely seen but politically seething drama, Enemies. Think The Cherry Orchard only angrier, with Bolshevik labourers and shots fired. Big White Fog was penned on the other side of the Atlantic...
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Drogba Ends the Deadlock in Extra Moment of Class ; FA CUP FINAL. Chelsea Are the First Winners of New Wembley Showpiece but the Expected Feast Becomes a Famine of Chances as Caution Rules the Day
Chelsea 1 Manchester Utd 0 Score at 90min: 0-0. Att: 89,826 Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent) Nice stadium, shame about the game. Not that Chelsea will be the slightest bit bothered about the quality of a disappointing final after Didier Drogba crowned...
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Drogba's Sting in a Tedious Tale ; FA CUP FINAL. Historic Event Fails to Live Up to the Billing as Familiar Foes Cancel Each Other out in Final Letdown
On the day that the FA Cup final finally returned home, expected to grace its gleaming new theatre, boasting a distinguished cast of leading men, one aspect was ignored. Someone had penned a stinker of a plot. Only the denouement was worthy of the high-powered...
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Dvds ; ABC
Rocky Balboa DVD retail The Italian Stallion? More like flogging a dead horse, as Sylvester Stallone clambers back into the ring for a sixth Rocky film. It begins with Balboa mourning his late wife, and realising that the only way he can regain his...
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Eager Evie Lands Feminine Touch ; RACING. Bell's Filly Pips Dettori but the Italian Is Heading for Classic Glory in Rome Today
For books and covers, read races and homework. Red Evie would hardly beat a donkey on the Newmarket gallops but, like a true prima donna, she rises to the real occasion. Here yesterday she did just that in the Lockinge Stakes, showing class and courage...
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Emotion Poured Slowly like Guinness ; the Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies SCEPTRE [Pound]11.99
The author of two impressive, award-winning short-story collections, Peter Ho Davies was named as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists in 2003, and his debut is appropriately ambitious. The place is Wales, 1944: Rotherham, a German Jewish refugee...
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Exit the Dragon ; the Business Guru Has Quit His Job on Television to Expand His Empire with a New Start-Up Producing Mobile-Phone Software. but It's All Very Hush-Hush ... ++ Business Interview ++ DOUG RICHARD, CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LIBRARY HOUSE
Doug Richard doesn't come across as a dragon. As one of the panel of business gurus on the BBC show Dragons' Den, he was renowned for his barbed retorts to entrepreneurs who risked public humiliation in the quest to secure financial backing for their...
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Facing the Final Curtain ; DANCE ++ Darcey Bussell Farewell ++ Sadler's Wells LONDON
The best decision Darcey Bussell has made in her 20-year career was to ask the Ballet Boyz - Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - to produce her farewell show. Not only are the handicam-wielding pair dab hands at putting together a lively evening, but...
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Fidelity Aims to Stay in the Top Flight ; as Fund Manager Anthony Bolton Bows out, Will Fans Stay Loyal to His Successor?
Imagine Liverpool without Steven Gerrard, Manchester Utd bereft of Wayne Rooney or Chelsea denied the presence of John Terry. When a football team's star player departs, the side's confidence is usually diminished and a period of uncertainty follows....
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Five Years of Work - One Label on a Packet of Crisps ; EXPERT VIEW
We only know two things about carbon labelling. First, everybody thinks it is a good idea and, second, nobody has the faintest idea how to implement such a scheme on a large scale. It should be simple - a carbon label records the total CO2 produced by...
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Flattery Will Get You Everywhere ; the Art of Paying a Compliment Is Dying out, So This Is the Perfect Time for Charmers to Cash In
For six blissful years I worked in an office where one of my co- directors was supremely gifted at giving compliments. "Lady Boss," he would say, "can I tell you how utterly ravishing you look today?" To which I would reply, "Certainly you may, and then...
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Flirting with Tragedy, Wedded to Farce ; FILM CHOICE ++ la Regle Du Jeu Friday, 9pm SKY ARTS
It's early 1939. Europe is in turmoil. Hitler has invaded Czechoslovakia; Franco was prevailing in Spain. But in La Regle du Jeu ( The Rules of the Game), you wouldn't know it. The idle rich whom it depicts going about their normal lives - hunting, eating,...
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Footprint Complaints Are Just Paper-Thin ; COMMENT & DEBATE
It's the second most predictable question you get asked at parties when people hear you're are a journalist (after "Come on, what's the real story on Princess Di?). It runs something like this: "How can you have the cheek to preach about the environment...
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Fortis Faces Grilling over ABN Bid ; BUSINESS & MONEY
The chief executive of Fortis, Jean-Paul Votron, will face an intense grilling at the Belgian bank's annual meeting next week from shareholders unconvinced of the strategic rationale for its membership of a consortium bidding for rival ABN Amro. The...
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Friday 25 MAY ; CHOICES
Film: Alien Resurrection 9pm Sky One Having been cloned by a geneticist keen to retrieve the alien inside her, heroine Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) wakes to find she has super-strength which come in handy when her old enemies strike again. While this 1997...
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Funny Girl ; What Kind of Supermodel Gives Her Breasts Nicknames? One That Takes Herself a Lot Less Seriously Than Your Average Catwalk Queen. and Maybe That's How Heidi Klum - Businesswoman, Mother-of-Three, Wife of Seal - Has Managed to Carve out a Whole New Career. Interview by Guy Adams. Portrait by Rankin
The day before I speak with Heidi Klum, I ring a few contacts in the fashion industry and stumble across a bit of a scoop. In catwalk circles, it transpires, the supermodel's famed breasts boast a pair of Germanic nicknames: Hans and Franz. Later, once...
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Game Reserve Hotels Threaten Elephants ; TV Presenter Warns That Uncontrolled Development in Kenya Parks Could Destroy the Very Animals the Tourists Come to See
One of Kenya's finest game parks is under threat from uncontrolled development of hotels and lodges, conservationists claim. The building of four new hotels, which would more than double the number of beds in Samburu National Reserve, has been criti-...
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Germany's Old Boys' Club Gets a Rude Awakening ; the Siemens Bribery Scandal Raises Fears of More Corporate Corruption
BAE Systems has been hauled over the coals for allegedly paying a few million quid in bribes to Saudi officials in exchange for huge defence contracts. The Serious Fraud Office closed its investigation into the matter earlier this year, but the case...
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Gerrard Is the Complete Player - Cafu ; MILAN'S GOLD RESERVE
When you have held aloft the trophy as captain of a World Cup- winning Brazilian team, even the prospect of a successful night in Athens at the European Champions' League final on Wednesday can appear mundane. But for Marcos Evangelista de Moraes, better...
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Giggs Slows under Weight of History ; FA CUP FINAL. Rare Feeling of Failure for Manchester United Veteran Who Was Not Allowed to Force the Issue
Ryan Giggs did not play the first time Wembley held a final in 1923, it just must seem so to youngsters, some of whom are team- mates. After losing to Chelsea yesterday, he might feel he did too. At the final whistle, after 120 gruelling and ultimately...
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Give Pearce a Chance. ; THE NICK TOWNSEND COLUMN ++ Promotion from within Is Given a Bad Name Again in Era of Mistrust
What would Frank Watt have made of the spectacle of this bull- necked character, who arrived in a curious metallic, whirring machine and sauntered, hands thrust in jeans pockets, his wardrobe complemented by an open-necked shirt and a blazer, into the...
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Go Green, Mr Brown ; LEADING ARTICLE
Our children and grandchildren, looking back from a much warmer world, are likely to wonder why Britain was so slow to develop renewable sources of energy. It has been endowed by nature with the greatest resources in Europe - the best winds, waves and...
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'Gordon to Be PM' - It's Hardly Front Page News, Is It? ; Forty Days and Forty Nights: The Long Hello Rumbles on ... and on ++ ON THE PRESS
The Financial Times headline read "Gordon Brown to be next prime minister". Odd was that it was lead news in brief on the front page, just a paragraph, with a normal length story on page two. Is this the first time in the history of journalism that a...
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Habana Leads Bulls' Charge to Super 14 Glory ; ROUND-UP
A Bryan Habana try followed by a Derick Hougaard conversion in injury time enabled the Bulls to become South Africa's first Super 14 champions with a 20-19 victory over the Sharks in the final in Durban yesterday. Habana (right) scythed through a weary...
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Hard Times at BA and Sweet Talk from Murdoch ; THE WEEK THAT WAS
Talk is cheap, but not if you're British Airways. Its results on Friday were dominated by - as one wag put it - the phone call that cost [pound]350m. That was the figure the airline's chief executive Willie Walsh set aside as a provision pending the...
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Harrington Avoids Carnage in Cabbage ; GOLF. Dubliner's Performance Has Given Him a Great Chance to Become the First Home Winner in 25 Years
There is a certain slow-pouring tipple quite popular in these parts which claims "some things are worth waiting for" and so it should prove this afternoon when Padraig Harrington attempts to become the first home winner of the Irish Open in 25 years....
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'Harvey Nics Taught Me Never to Judge People' ; CREDO ++ CORINNE BAILEY RAE ++ SONGS FROM THE DEBUT ALBUM OF THE LEEDS SINGER-SONGWRITER WERE USED IN THE FILM 'VENUS'. HER NEW SINGLE IS OUT TOMORROW
I believe that a lot of things surrounding racism changed in the 1990s, thankfully, and finally it seemed almost normal to grow up from a mixed-race background. I've never considered myself a big fan of Leeds United, the club from my home city, but I...
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Hedge Funds Get the Bug for Benevolence ; Their Glittering Fundraisers in London and New York Have Broken All Records for Charitable Giving, but the Latest Masters of the Financial Universe Are Not Content Just to Write the Cheques - They Want to See Results
The music would have made Sir Mick Jagger proud, even if the crowd left something to be desired. As The Hypothecators belted out "Brown Sugar" on a stage in central London one evening last week, a solitary couple took to the dance floor. Despite their...
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Hermione Eyre on the Great Anti-Ageing Cream Face-Off ; Beauty Spot
Television can do wonders for the complexion, if you watch it carefully enough. A recent BBC Horizon gave positive mention to a product, and, even though you practically had to freeze-frame the screen to read its name (Boots No7, Protect & Perfect, [pound]16.75),...
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HEY MUM, LET'S SIGN UP FOR A CULTURE CLUB ; ARE WE THERE YET? ++ Holidays with Children
Kids' clubs are often a priority for families looking for a holiday, but in my experience finding a decent one can be a bit of a minefield. It's no good plumping for a hotel that says it offers childcare: if you want your little treasures to be happy...
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Households 'Must Recycle or Pay Up' ; HOME NEWS
A pay-as-you-throw fee should be imposed on householders every time they leave out rubbish that cannot be recycled, says the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) today. The think tank says that radical measures are needed if Britain is to improve...
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How Can a Car That Runs on Bio-Fuel Have So Much Zip? Michael Booth on the Saab 9-5 ; on Wheels
This is General Motors' answer to the Toyota Prius. Kind of. It is not a hybrid. There are no batteries under the seats or dilithium crystals in the glove box. instead the new Saab 9-5 BioPower can run either on unleaded, or fuel blended from 15 per...
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How Dave Gilmour Saved My Life ; Once in a Lifetime
What is it,Dad?" Myfather looked deathly pale. He had run across the tarmac as I climbed out of the plane and now gripped me in a bear hug. "What is it?" I'd only been in the air 10 minutes or so, and that was a major disappointment. We were supposed...
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How to Be Happy ; Answers Page ++ Dr Cecilia d'Felice's Guide to Modern Life
"I am a 48-year-old lung-cancer survivor, living on Vancouver Island. I have survived more than five years since diagnosis and treatment. I lost the upper-right lobe of my lung, but the cancer had spread to my brain and I have had two tumours removed,...
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'I Feel I've Got One Big Coaching Job Left in Me - after 2012' ; Performance Director Is Bowled over by Depth of British Talent. He Tells Alan Hubbard Why He May Switch His Sights to an Olympic Sport ++ THE INTERVIEW ++ Sir Clive Woodward ++ RUGBY WORLD CUP WINNER STILL IN SEARCH OF THE EDGE
When Sir Clive Woodward was brought in as the Mr Motivator for Team GB's Olympic aspirations he described his revolutionary role as "the biggest challenge in British sport, and of my life". Eight months into the job, still treading his way through hitherto...
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Independent Advice? Pull the Other One ; despite Tougher Regulations, Consumers Are Still Ranting about Poor Treatment at the Hands of Professionals
To put it mildly, correspondence from readers to The Independent on Sunday's Money desk is colourful. Rants and raves about poor treatment at the hands of the financial services industry are all too frequent and, through no fault of their own, all too...
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Inequality Is on the Increase Again. It's All So Unfair ; BUSINESS & MONEY
Issue for our next prime minister: why is inequality rising and what can be done about this? Last week saw some new figures on inequality before and after tax and benefits in 2005/6. This big message is that while pre-tax incomes of the highest earners...
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In Hock to History ; TV CHOICE ++ Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain Tuesday, 9pm BBC2 ++ Paul Merton in China Monday, 9pm FIVE ++ A Tabloid Is Born Wednesday, 9pm BBC4
'A modest man, with much to be modest about" was Winston Churchill's dismissive take on his Labour rival, Clement Attlee. It's not an opinion shared by Andrew Marr. Attlee, who beat Churchill in a landslide election in 1945, was easy to underestimate,...
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In Praise of Naff ; Leylandii, Pampas Grass, Cactus Dahlia: Just Some of the Plants Thave Fallen Foul of the Style Police. It's Time to Stand Up for Them, Says Emma Townshend
In a bookshop the other day I started flicking through Planted by Andy Sturgeon. It's one of those books where graphic design dominates, and whole pages are set aside for tasteful, slightly blurry shots of things Andy recommends you grow. He is a highly...
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I Owned One of the UK's Largest Collections of Beatles Memorabilia ; THIS CULTURAL LIFE ++ DON LETTS ++ the Film Director and DJ Thinks Meryl Streep Would Be the Best Person to Play Him in a Movie of His Life
What was your cultural passion at 14? Music and movies. Being a first-generation British-born black, reggae is part of my heritage and upbringing. But growing up submerged in white culture has shaped a lot of the person I am today. I used to be a Beatles...
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Israelis May Step Up Gaza Air Strikes ; Security Ministers Meet Today to Consider Their Response to Hamas Rocket Attacks
Israel's top security ministers will meet today to discuss whether to escalate strikes in response to the Qassam rocket attacks on Israel launched from Gaza by Hamas during a week of bloody infighting with the rival Palestinian faction Fatah. An Israeli...
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It 'As to Be Victoria Wood on Cream Puffs ; PETER YORK ON ADS ++ ASDA
There's a tremendously camp side to the North; as reported by its own people. Just think of Coronation Street, from the beginning. Those flickery black and white conversations between Ena Sharples, Minnie Caldwell and Martha Longhurst that they play...
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It's All Too Beautiful ; Jeff Tweedy Had It All: Beautiful Wife, Two Kids and a Band, Wilco, That Took on the Big Labels, and Won. Then, He Tells Simmy Richman, Disaster Struck
It's a random line from a contributor to a literary web forum, but as I read it to Jeff Tweedy there is understanding and recognition in his eyes. "Some seem to demand that if you are going to get all this attention, you had better damn well write how...
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Jankovic Breaks through Pain Barrier ; COUNTDOWN TO PARIS. Serbia Produces Another World-Class Performer Who Has Seen the Tougher Side of Life
Since it holds a special place in the hearts of so many, Rome tends to induce tears, of whatever variety. Twelve months back it was tears of frustration for Jelena Jankovic, who turned up at the Italian Open having lost 10 matches in a row and contemplating...
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Jose's Saving Grace May Sway Roman ; FA CUP FINAL. Realising Abramovich Dream Gives New Hope to Mourinho
As ever with Jose Mourinho, the drama on the pitch was never capable of matching what happened off it. Didier Drogba's goal not only won an FA Cup, it also appeared to gain a reprieve for the Chelsea manager who, until the final whistle, could not be...
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Just Stick to Writing Them, Ian ; AUDIOBOOKS
The best audio-book this spring is a collection of monologues by Lynne Truss in which men and women of A Certain Age (BBC [pound]15.99) confront, defend or bewail their situations. Defined by role - the brother, the other woman and so on - a dozen voices...
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Let's Fight for the Right Not to Party ; RADIO
I wonder, sometimes, what the point of Radio 5 Live is when there aren't football matches or grave, rolling crises to keep us updated on. I found an answer when I was given a recommendation (by one of Radio 5 Live's personnel, I had better say) to listen...
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Love Me, Love My Dog ; If the Bond between a Pet and Its Owner Can Lead a Rational Man to Risk a Prison Stretch, That's Something We Should Celebrate. by Rory Knight Bruce
Even by the eccentric standards of pet ownership it has been an unusual week. When the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho dashed home from a players' club dinner to rescue his beloved Yorkie Leya from the clutches of the police, who wanted to take the dog...
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'Maddy Mania' Is an Un-British Circus. It Is Also a Force for Good ; COMMENT & DEBATE
I agree with those who think that our obsession with Madeleine McCann has become a bit "Diana-esque". They are right. We have lost control of ourselves and given way to what is known in media parlance as a "national outpouring". Except that this time...
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Madeleine 'Sightings' Mount as the Agony Goes on and on ; Anguish in Portugal ++ Week 3 ++ Millions Look out for Missing Girl but Police Warn That the [Pound]2.5m Reward Is Attracting Time- Wasting Tip-Offs
There were games at the coffee table, with Thomas the Tank Engine trains, stories from a Noddy collection, and then a lunch of sausage, beans, tomatoes and bread for the McCann children, perched on their parents' knees. In the apartment where Kate and...
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Madonna, Bob, My Aga's off - So Now Who's Greenest of Us All? ; NEWS
Yxlou want to be green. I want to be green. Politicians need to claim to be green if they want our votes. Green is the new religion, saving the planet resonates with us more than any creed, if you count up the amount of airtime and column inches devoted...
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