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Being modern SO WHAT were you doing on the first Saturday of 2013? Don't tell
me: having peacocked your way round the local park on a 500m run,
you were about to settle in for a night inhaling seaweed snacks in
front of a BBC4 documentary. Only for all...
One for the road BRIAN GILL needs to buy a car for his daughter Monica, which must
be cheap to insure and run, as he wants to use it, too. He has
around 5,000 to spend.A CAR FOR THE HEADHere is one of the most common questions we are asked. Monica is
FICTION Wool By Hugh Howey Century Pounds 9.99 Dystopian fiction is big business, but very little of it is true
to the definition of the word as the polar opposite of Utopia, Sir
Thomas More's near-perfect society. Much contemporary dystopian
FASHIONGimme! Gimme! Gimme!FANCY SOME footwear thats a bit 1970s, a bit Scandi and perfect
for the coming season or rather the microseason, when the sun comes
out but it isnt sandal weather just yet? Well, Purifieds new shoes,
available at Selfridges,...
Tommy Lee Jones A rugged, resolute man of character: why Oscar-
nominated Tommy Lee Jones is the perfect actor to play the radical
abolitionist lighting up Steven Spielberg's Academy-baiting
'Lincoln' TOMMY LEE JONES is staring out over Central Park....
How Rangel's charitable gesture contrasts with the graceless
world of men like Nicola Cortese The Last Word Modern football is so devoid of grace and goodness, despite its
affluence and acceptance as a global phenomenon, that a single act
Bankers weren't always public enemy number one. There was a time
(not so long ago) when a different type of capitalist was the target
for placard- waving demonstrators up and down the country.Britain's private-equity industry was at the height of its...
Mexican carpooling The American dream is taking shape in
Monterrey, Mexico, complete with elite apartments and luxury
shopping malls. But what of the men building this modern-day El
Dorado - have their lives changed for the better? Photographer
Shamed cyclist's tearful TV confession may yet pay off over life-
time ban. Emily Dugan reports The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said yesterday it might re-
examine disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban from sport.
However, its chief said...
Etiquette is worthless without humanity. But Henry Hitchings says
some rules are socially useful and help us reconnect 'correct'
behaviour with decency Manners have an image problem. This stems in part from a tendency
to conflate them with the people...
Author of a debut novel about nature in the city, Melissa
Harrison shares her environmental concerns with Christian House Melissa Harrison agreed to meet me at a Portuguese coffee shop in
south London, only to discover on arrival a life-size fake reindeer,
What's a libertarian to think about screen violence? Plus, the
outrageous treatment of Carlos Tevez, and Gemma Arterton's filthy
roots The debate about the consequences of film and computer violence,
kicked into gear by last month's shootings in Connecticut,...
Barnardo's has announced it's closing its career average pension
plan and shunting staff into a far less generous and much riskier
money purchase scheme. Such an occurrence would normally not merit
comment apart from the fact that this is the second...
YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE TO WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON INSIDE THE WORLD OF
BOOKS Fans of the novelist, playwright and performer Stella Duffy
should put in an early order for the special 200th edition of Diva
magazine, which is out next weekend. Duffy is one of...
The new battlefield for parents Boys were the problem children a
decade ago, and dozens of books sought to help. Now, girls are at
risk, with drinking and self-harming on the rise, and a new industry
is just beginning. Joanna Moorhead reports It's a...
Sol Campbell, a member of Arsenal's "Invincibles" team of 2004,
has accused the current side of lacking characters and leaders, and
is urging Arsne Wenger to sign one or two players in the remaining
12 days of the transfer window. But in the run-up to...
FAN THE FLAMES CHELSEA"Those charged with taking Chelsea forward appear to be totally
out of touch with the supporters"Editorial in cfcuk fanzine1. SACKING ROBBIERoberto Di Matteo's huge popularity as a player was further
enhanced by winning the FA...
LEADING ARTICLE The ghost of Tony Blair could be heard in the House of Commons on
Friday, when David Cameron made a statement about the Algerian
hostage-taking crisis. "We will stand with the Algerians in their
fight against these terrorist forces,"...
Spaniard returns to form for the champions as woeful Fulham fail
to manage a shot on target MANCHESTER CITY 2 Silva (2, 69) FULHAM 0
Half-time: 1-0 Att: 47,286 Gran Canaria, the island that raised David Silva, is volcanic but
for much of this season...
The reformed drug-user David Millar said this weekend he believes
it will take another10 years before cycling regains sufficient credibility following
its succession of drugs scandals - with Lance Armstrong's
confessions to doping the very latest to...
Owen scores rare goal for Stoke, but it is too little too late
against Laudrup's stylish side SWANSEA CITY 3 Davies (49), De Guzman
(57, 80) STOKE CITY 1 Owen (90) Half-time: 0-0 Att: 19,603 Ben Davies scored his first senior goal for Swansea as Michael
As the stars lined up for the 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards in
Beverly Hills the glittering jewels adorning the necks and earlobes
of Hollywood's A-listers came courtesy of the most expensive
jewellery brands on the planet. Actresses Catherine Zeta...
Shocking as the hostage crisis in Algeria has been, the Iraq war
shows there is no reason to make an already volatile area more
unstable So here we are again, being sucked into another war on the same
old combination of flimsy intelligence, knee-jerk...
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 Vaughan og 4, Henriquez 79 SUNDERLAND 3 Gardner
pen 17, Fletcher 20, 42 Half-time: 1-3 Att: 19,219 A month ago, this might have been a clear opportunity for Wigan
to buck the usual pattern of their yearly slide towards a relegation
As the 200th anniversary of 'Pride and Prejudice' is celebrated,
a new biography reveals there was nothing pious or prim about Jane
Austen BIOGRAPHY The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things By
Paula Byrne Harper Press Pounds 25 In September 1792,...
Whether you get your news via television, radio, newspapers, the
internet or simply by nattering to your neighbour over the garden
fence, it has been impossible to escape Bernard Tomic for the last
week here. Australia's best prospect has been the talk...
When Keith Burkinshaw agreed to leave Tottenham at the end of the
1983-84 season, the club identified as his successor Alex Ferguson
of Aberdeen, who were about to complete the Double in Scotland, a
year after winning the European Cup-Winners' Cup.The...
HOSTAGE CRISIS IN ALGERIA The fallout Death toll of 55 includes
23 hostages. David Randall and Jane Merrick report A hardline but effective operation by Algerian special forces
brought to an end the four-day hostage crisis in the desert
ACCORDING TO bluemonday.org, tomorrow, the third Monday of the
year, will be the most depressing day of 2013. Its the sort of
pseudoscience story that gets much play in the tabloids but, if you
do happen to be particularly depressed on that day, do they...
B&B AND BEYOND WELLNESS HOME, CHISWICK Simon Calder discovers a
green and pleasant base from which to explore a fascinating corner
of suburban London A Victorian house tucked away in a tidy suburban street might
seem a curious destination for a weekend...
A group of six mountaineers fell 500 feet, a day after six
hillwalkers were airlifted to safety off the Cairngorms Two men and two women died in an avalanche in Glencoe in the
Scottish Highlands yesterday. The four were part of a group of six
HOSTAGE CRISIS IN ALGERIA The outlook The al-Qa'ida attack on
foreign workers at the Algerian gas plant has put Western companies
on red alert. Jane Merrick and Brian Brady report BP may be forced to reconsider further gas exploration in North
To mark Burns Night on Friday, Sarah Morrison and Margi Murphy
asked some top Scots to name their nation's person of the year While the world is celebrating the life and poetry of Scotland's
national bard this week, at Burns Nights across the globe,...
The gloom over Britain's slowest recovery in a century is set to
worsen this week with experts braced for the economy to slam back
into reverse in the latest official growth forecasts.Economists predict a 0.1 per cent contraction in UK growth
Lance Armstrong now knows how it feels for the bully to be
bullied, but this game of television charades has done nothing to
earn him the privilege of forgiveness The Calvin Report The Hollywood hiccup arrived in the final frames. Lance
Take one room, spin it through 90 degrees and let a gravity-
defying Frenchman loose in it. Then prepare to be amazed Dance
Circle of Eleven Purcell Room LONDON ***1/2 Derevo Linbury Studio
LONDON *** A man is in a box. But this isn't one of those...
THE PATIENTHolly Adams, 32, from Ealing Broadway, west London, is seeking
advice on how to manage debt and get a grip on her finances. She
works as a freelance celebrity producer for ITV, earning around
65,000 a year. However, while she was climbing...
Gulf in pre-school child development mirrors economic realities,
reports Jane Merrick Children in the poorest areas of the country are receiving
significantly lower-quality childcare than those in wealthier
places, a damning report will reveal.Research...
The slow death of retail Britain As several more UK businesses go
into administration, analysts predict another 140 chains could be at
risk. Paul Bignell and Mark Leftly report The high street's disastrous start to 2013 looks set to force the
JSP Columnist of the Year THE COMMENT AWARDS EDITORIAL
INTELLIGENCE What a load of bilge has been spouted over the demise of
Blockbuster, Jessops and HMV. Commentators whimpered over the end of
an era, as if we all spent our seminal years on a weekly...
Two of the workers killed in the terrorist attack on the Algerian
natural gas site were employees of a British private security firm
responsible for maintaining the safety of the base. One was named
yesterday as Yann Desjeux, 52, a former French special...
India lead series 2-1 after easing past England with 21.5 overs
to spare In a script not even Bollywood would dare to dream up, M S Dhoni
struck the winning runs as India beat England by seven wickets in
his home town of Ranchi. It puts the hosts 2-1...
CELTIC 4 Hooper (2, 85), Samaras (12) Nouioui (90) HEART OF
MIDLOTHIAN1 Holt (69) Half-time: 2-0 Att: 48,374 Gary Hooper showed why he is rated so highly by manager Neil
Lennon when scoring twice in Celtic's Premier League win over Hearts
Test drive The new Dacia Sandero is the UK's cheapest car. But is
it up to the job? THE NEW Dacia Sandero, built by a Renault-owned company in
Romania, is the cheapest proper new car you can buy in the UK. It
costs from 5,995, for which you get a five-door...
Radio A Menace to Society RADIO 4, MONDAY **** Just So Science
RADIO 4, MONDAY-FRIDAY **** Had Germany invaded Britain during the Second World War,
apparently it would have been curtains for The Beano. So assiduous
was the comic in poking fun at Hitler...
It's called, rather neatly, jOBS, and stars Ashton Kutcher; but
it's not the only one. By Tim Walker Every year, at around this time, Hollywood interrupts its awards
season on the sunny West Coast to decamp to Park City, Utah, which
is more than 2,000...
Film The Sessions Ben Lewin 95 MINS, 15 **** Everyday Michael
Winterbottom 106 MINS, 15 *** I can't understand it. I've scoured the list of Best Actor
nominees for this year's Oscars, but can't find John Hawkes's name
anywhere. In The Sessions, Hawkes...
Like her latest characters, Polly Stenham is struggling to
fulfill her early promise Theatre No Quarter Royal Court Upstairs
LONDON ** The Silence of the Sea Trafalgar Studios LONDON ****
Monkey Bars Unicorn Theatre LONDON *** Is Robin really worth his...
Investment trusts have had to exist in the shadows of the more
heavily sold unit trusts for the past few decades. They were
castigated as an investment that was antiquated and prone to sharp
moves in performance.But as markets have enjoyed a bumper 2012...
Never mind the Western, or black experience - this tale is all
about how white people love to talk Film Django Unchained Quentin
Tarantino 165 MINS, 18 *** You know you've started a controversy - a proper old-fashioned
Straw Dogs-y hoo-hah - when your...
Until I read the news last week, I had assumed that the only time
I had eaten horsemeat was on a visit to Kazakhstan a couple of years
ago. Now, however, I know that every time I've chowed down on a
Tesco beefburger I was going equine. That's why I'm...
The retreat from the high street has become something of a rout.
Three stragglers, HMV, Jessops and Blockbuster, are just the latest
casualties of the shift to online, but the retail sector as a whole
remains under great pressure. There is room at the...
Stuart Lancaster believes a British sport brains trust will help
move his England rugby union team up the world rankings. Entering
his second year as England's head coach, Lancaster intends to repeat
the meetings he has had with Sir Dave Brailsford from...
Landlords are looking to take advantage of slightly looser bank
lending to add to their property portfolios according to a raft of
research from the rental market.The Bank of England's 80bn Funding for Lending scheme, designed
to boost lending in the...
Newcastle supporters turn on their team's manager after
questionable substitutions lead to a Reading fightback which further
extends a disastrous run NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 Cabaye (35) READING 2
Le Fondre (71, 77) Half-time: 1-0 Att: 49,411 By the time...
The struggling first-time buyer market received a welcome boost
this week with the launch of the Barclays Family Springboard
mortgage. Available to borrowers with only a 5 per cent deposit, it
is the latest in a line of innovative products designed to...
Solange suggest there is more than one musical genius in the
Knowles family Pop Solange XOYO LONDON **** Everything Everything
Rough Trade East LONDON **** It is said that Solange, the 9th-century Frankish martyr, was
beheaded by a local nobleman for...
Hero or Villain? You might have missed it while getting on with things that,
actually, you know, matter, but last week saw the publication of
what has been called "The worst thing that anybody has ever written.
Ever." The article in question is the cover...
WALK OF THE MONTH WEST CORNWALL The legacy of the old tin
industry is all around this path, which links the county's north and
south coasts, says Mark Rowe It's a good pub quiz question: where in Britain can you walk from
one coast to another in just...
The moment when artists abandoned their brushes, paints and
bronzes and found art in new places is revisited at two exciting new
galleries Visual Art Fred Sandback David Zwirner Gallery LONDON ****
James Lee Byars Michael Werner Gallery LONDON *****...
MOST PEOPLE start the New Year feeling bilious and over-full. Not
me: I've kicked it all off rather emptily. I mean that literally
rather than existentially, because I've just moved house and I have
no furniture.It's a lovely time to relocate, this month...
"The Uncatchable One", "Mr Marlboro", "One-Eyed Jack": Khaled Abu
al-Abbas aka Mokhtar Belmokhtar isn't short of colourful name tags.
Considering the fact that this battle-hardened jihadist cum
smuggling don has been the southern Sahara's public enemy...
UNITED STATES As Steven Spielberg's Lincoln biopic is released,
Chris Coplans travels from Richmond, Virginia, to Washington DC to
unravel the story behind the most revered leader in US history After he's sworn in on the steps of Capitol Hill tomorrow,
As Islamist militants try to take over, suppressed artists show
support for the French The image of Mali has long been a gentle one. It is a land of
magical music and mouth-watering mangoes, of mud mosques and
medieval manuscripts. A country dripping...
Explorer Alfred Russel Wallace is finally taking his place beside
Darwin in the theory of evolution. Sanchez Manning reports It's pretty much accepted that the origin of the theory of
natural selection lies in the writings of Charles Darwin. But it
INVISIBLE INK Two years ago, I attended a paperback fair in the basement of a
dank Victorian hotel that smelled of stale breakfast, and I found
myself the only punter in a room of 70 booksellers. It felt as if I
was attending the wake of an unloved relative....
Obama's inauguration As the President is sworn in again tomorrow,
he aims to avoid the curse of the second term Out of America The Jumbotrons are in place on Washington's Mall to relay giant
images of America's version of a coronation to the assembled
GLASGOW 27 NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 20 Glasgow Tries: Strauss,
Matawalu, Horne Cons: Wight 2, Horne Pens: Jackson 2 Northampton
Saints Tries: Waldouck, Pisi, Foden Con: Myler Pen: Myler Half-
time: 6-10 Att: 4,193 It was a bad day for the Saints, and for...
NORWAY Artist Kurt Schwitters' live-in sculpture still lures
pilgrims to the fjords, says Charles Darwent In the summer of 2003, Terje Thingvold was showing a visitor
around a hut on Hjertoya, an island in the Molde fjord in west
Norway. The man, stumbling...
INSIDE LINES Is there a more in-demand figure in sport than the personable Sir
Keith Mills? The man who invented Air Miles and the Nectar card, and
was a driving force behind London 2012 as deputy chair to Lord Coe,
is the Government's preferred choice...
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 Brunt (49), Odemwingie (82) ASTON VILLA 2
Benteke (12), Agbonlahor (31) Half-time: 0-2 Att: 25,583 A crucial week in Aston Villa's season began promisingly last
night with a much-improved performance bringing a valuable Premier
Recipes Stick cabbage in a pan of roiling water and all you'll
get is the smell of old socks. But shred it, braise it or poach it -
now, that'll hit the spot, says Bill Granger CABBAGE HAS had a bad press for as long as I can remember. It's
Dom Joly survives snow, a courtesy car, and a glamorous assistant
to make a splash in 'Splash!' I was on the ITV show Splash! last night. If you didn't see it
then you should know that it's a TV show with a huge tongue in a
large cheesy cheek, in which...
Restaurants Alan Yau's latest transports our reviewer back to a
magical memory of Thailand WHEN, ABOUT a decade ago, my mate and I found ourselves in
Bangkok goodness knows how, a funny thing happened on the first
night. It was 6pm and we went in search...
HEADS UP CLOUD ATLAS WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? A film adaptation of the novel of the
same name, consisting of six interconnected stories stretching over
time and place.ELEVATOR PITCH One novel, three directors, six plots... It's an
atlas of ambition.PRIME...
Chelsea pensioners CAN THE SPIRIT OF THE ROYAL HOSPITAL, HOME TO
THE CHELSEA PENSIONERS, SURVIVE ITS BIGGEST SHAKE-UP IN 300 YEARS? THERE COMES a moment in the life of any institution when change
is inevitable. For over 300 years, the Royal Hospital...
It's been coming for some time, but the Government has finally
unveiled plans to move towards a flat-rate state pension of 144 a
week for all by April 2017. The current system is so complicated
that calculating accurately how much you might get from...
Cameron's long-awaited speech on Europe is thought to talk of a
new opt-out from EU powers David Cameron was yesterday warned that he faces a "torrent" of
Conservative voters and activists deserting his party unless he
demands significant powers back...
OUTSIDE THE BOX Never mind buying a 2013 calendar - on which only two of the 12
featured players remain at the club - pity any Portsmouth supporters
brave enough to want their favourite player's name on a replica
shirt. With another seven leaving last...
This Otello is pitifully vulnerable to the lies that will destroy
him. But something's wrong when the orchestra steals the show
Classical Otello Grand Theatre LEEDS ***1/2 Fretwork/Alamire Kings
Place LONDON *** Transposed to a Second World War naval...
Gosh, how would things look if we didn't have a shamelessly
partisan right-wing press in this country? The coalition is
fractious, the Prime Minister is irritable, the polls are dreadful,
and that was before David Cameron had to postpone his big speech...
New-boy Sturridge also scores to set up Rodgers' biggest
Liverpool win LIVERPOOL 5 Henderson (26), Suarez (36), Sturridge
(59), Gerrard (66), R Bennett (og 74) NORWICH CITY 0 Half-time: 2-0
Att: 44,901 "I hope the football's going to cheer us all up....
WEST HAM UNITED 1 J Cole (68) QUEENS PARK RANGERS 1 Remy (14)
Half-time: 0-1 Att: 34,962 Loc Rmy made an instant impact on his first appearance in English
football, but the star of the show was Joe Cole, a Premier League
veteran, who scored his first...
Outside court is treated to a rousing match between two teenagers
but shoulder injury ends Briton's chance of victory, reports Paul
Newman in Melbourne After the ecstasy, the agony. Forty-eight hours after her
stunning victory over Petra Kvitova, Laura...
As McIlroy and Woods flop, the world No 5 is showing the form of
his life, writes Kevin Garside in Abu Dhabi He has led from day one, he is playing the golf of his life and
now that the poster boys are out of the picture we can give the man
Mauricio Pochettino probably thought he had left Spanish football
behind when he was announced as Southampton manager on Friday, two
months after being sacked by Espanyol. But he will find that the
traditional sign in Spain of fans' displeasure, the...
TALES FROM THE TREES It's easy to imagine woods in winter as desolate places, but
within seconds of entering Hackfall in North Yorkshire, movement and
colour surround me. With no greenery to block it, light blooms and
burns. Down the length of this...
The senior policeman at the centre of the News of the World phone
hacking investigation is now working on corporate fraud cases for a
security company that advised on the Royal Wedding.John Yates, dubbed "Yates of the Yard", who led Scotland Yard's
From the Front Row I attended a wonderful charity dinner in London on Wednesday
supporting the Nordoff-Robbins music-therapy charity and recognising
the careers of two English rugby legends, Mark Cueto and Andy
Gomarsall. We do loads of these gigs, to...
How we met 'We agreed that Received Pronunciation is based on
public schools, and it became them and us' Sir Jonathan Miller CBE 78Despite training as a doctor in the late 1950s, Miller (left in
picture) came to public prominence as part of the comedy...
As her 'Liar, Liar' premieres, E V Crowe, one of a select band of
playwrights to learn the craft at the Royal Court, tells it to Holly
Williams straight Playwright E V Crowe was meant to be writing a prequel to King
Lear. At least, that's what the Unicorn...
BLACKPOOL 1 Taylor-Fletcher (60) CARDIFF CITY 2 Kim (54), Smith
(64) Half-time: 0-0 Att: 13,998 The contrasts were striking as league leaders Cardiff City took
their chances while managerless Blackpool didn't. This could have
gone either way but, somewhat...
ROUND-UP Mid-table Real Sociedad did what no other La Liga side have
managed this season - they beat champions and runaway leaders
Barcelona. And, moreover, they came back from 2-0 down, Lionel Messi
and Pedro having put Bara firmly in charge at half-time...
As mysteries go, the one involving the Notre Dame linebacker
Manti Te'o and his "dead" girlfriend takes some beating. Yesterday,
like the next chapter in a detective novel, it unveiled another
twist which will only serve to ratchet up the interest in...
IN BRIEF Solwhit ran out a comfortable winner yesterday in the Grade Three
Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas. The nine-year-old is a six-time Grade
One winner but only returned to action last month after being
sidelined by injury for nearly two years. Second...
The inside story of a failed mission Friends of the maverick
behind claims 160 WW2 fighter planes are buried in Burma call him a
flighty dreamer. Peter Popham reports As the media frenzy over the search for Spitfires allegedly
buried in Burma ran out...
Key figures give their reaction to the second part of Lance
Armstrong's public confession - and the verdict does not point
towards redemption hopes 'HE'S A LITTLE DELUSIONAL'"Boo hoo. He's not getting it. What about Greg LeMond's bike
company that was...
THE FERAL BEAST Look who adores our chef Bill!Anna Kendrick says she - ahem - pleasures herself watching Ryan
Gosling at the cinema. But how does the heart-throb actor unwind?
Reading The Independent on Sunday, of course!Gosling admits to having a man-crush...
Introducing Britain's latest fashion craze The retro-futuristic
blend of Victoriana and sci-fi is the next big thing to hit the high
streets, forecasters say. Margi Murphy reports Steampunk, once a cultish mix of sci-fi, steam and Victoriana in