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Being modern ONESIE, ITS all in the name. Forget pyjamas and tracksuits; tops
and bottoms are so, like, yesterday. The onesie, on the other hand,
is a singular item of clothing in more ways than, er, one.For anyone still baffled, onesies are basically...
SIX NATIONS The Six Nations has something about it that makes it just that
little bit more special than any other annual tournament. Our
antipodean friends might feel differently about this, but the
approach of the Six Nations always conjures up images...
SLICE OF THE CITY MACAU There's more to this vibrant Chinese
region than giant casinos, as Tom Peck discovers on a walk through
its colonial past Order a generous slice of Macau and you'd be brave to swallow it
whole. This is a historical layer cake...
FICTION The Taste of Apple Seeds By Katharina Hagena trs Jamie
Bullock Atlantic Pounds 12.99 At the heart of Katharina Hagena's accomplished debut novel is a
house full of memories. Iris, in her twenties, has inherited the
property from her grandmother...
The Bees have seen some dark days since the last time they met
Chelsea in the FA Cup. Now the club are buzzing again, writes Steve
Tongue If the west London football landscape is in a state of flux, with
all four senior clubs having considered whether...
FASHIONSweetheart's DesireNO SOONER do we say goodbye to one perfume-selling season
(Christmas) than we enter a new one (Valentine's). Be sure you're up
to speed with this fresher-than-fresh launch from Dolce & Gabbana,
Desire. Fronted by the exquisite...
MIDDLESBROUGH 2 Jutkiewicz (83, 90) ALDERSHOT 1 Hylton (89) Half-
time: 0-0 Att: 12,684 The FA Cup can be cruel. A reminder of that came with 12 seconds
of the 96th and final minute remaining for brave Aldershot Town, the
89th-placed club in the Football...
LEADING ARTICLE Self-destructive addiction is one of the markers of the
boundaries of liberalism. As a proudly liberal newspaper, The
Independent on Sunday recognises that gambling is one of those
questions on which individualism should be balanced by...
A little to the west of London, the mighty Thor battles evil
dwarves, Helena Bonham Carter sings "Master of the House" in a near-
perfect recreation of French Revolution-era Paris, and James Bond is
on the pull.The Pinewood Studios Group, which includes...
Forty years after Roe vs Wade made abortion legal, the issue is
more contentious than ever Out of America Roe vs Wade? No it's not, as Bob Hope memorably quipped about Dan
Quayle, a choice between two ways of crossing a river. It is the
B&B AND BEYOND BED & BREAKFAST DEL CORSO, NAPLES Simon Calder
explores Italy's ultimate comfort-food city from a cheap, spacious
base that's handy for the airport On a short break, proximity is a virtue. With a clear run,
Naples' Capodichino airport...
Credo 'Reading Shakespeare is one of the things I do to relax' MY FATHER AND I SHARED A LOVE OF FILM His mother was an usherette
in a cinema, and he'd watch every movie twice a week for free. I
discovered the afternoon black-and-white films on TV, such...
THE BLAGGER'S GUIDE TO ... THE COSTA PRIZE All you need to know
about the hottest literary topic of the week The Costa Prize will be awarded on Tuesday, and the Blagger
predicts that it will definitely be won by a woman. For the first
time ever, a woman...
How we met 'He's stuck my face on a piece of bread, and put me on
a loo roll' Andy Hollingworth 45A self-taught photographer, Hollingworth (left in picture) has
taken portraits of some of the biggest names in comedy, from Steve
Martin to Rowan Atkinson...
Amelia Bullmore's funny, filthy dialogue propels three old mates
through the highs and lows of friendship Theatre Di and Viv and Rose
Hampstead Theatre LONDON **** The Judas Kiss Duke of York's Theatre
LONDON *** One Monkey Don't Stop the Show Tricycle...
Kitchen confidential 'If you think you've added enough butter,
just add a bit more' MY EARLIEST FOOD MEMORY Waking up on a cold frosty morning at my
Nan's house and my Grandad cooking porridge on the hob with milk and
the tiniest bit of sugar melted...
Wilshere and Walcott to the rescue as Wenger almost pays the
price for picking a weak team BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 2 Barnes (33),
Ulloa (62) ARSENAL 3 Giroud (16, 56), Walcott (85) Half-time: 1-1
Att: 27,113 Picking a team strong enough to see off lower-grade...
The latest cinema hit is as likely to be a live screening of
what's on at the theatre as a Hollywood movie. Jonathan Owen reportsCinemas are proving to be a goldmine for some of the UK's finest
opera and ballet companies, with Hollywood stars including...
Brentford and a professional gambler are out to show that maybe
there is life in the old game yet The Last Word It is easy to patronise Brentford as plucky paupers warding off a
wasting disease with a spoonful of gruel. The contrasts with
YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE TO WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON INSIDE THE WORLD OF
BOOKS The shortlists have just been released for this year's Romantic
Novelists' Association Awards, and Madeline Miller's Orange Prize-
winning The Song of Achilles (below, top) seems to...
Poor countries lose three times as much from multinationals'
accounting practices as they get in aid. Sarah Morrison reports Corporate tax avoidance is costing developing countries an
estimated 70bn a year, according to a coalition of more than a
Bigelow's drama about CIA's search for Osama raises torture, but
ducks all the tough questions Film Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow
157 MINS, 15 *** Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is a powerful, superbly
executed war drama; it's also Exhibit A...
At least, that's what Michael Winner hoped it would be worth.
That now looks unlikely With its 47 rooms and 3,000 light bulbs, Michael Winner's home
was almost big enough to accommodate his ego. But after the death of
the 77-year-old film director on...
The Tory duo at the head of government is forever rewriting the
script. That's showbusiness. So expect more reversals before any
referendum Politicians make it up as they go along. This is obvious, but not
always remembered. We tend to assume that everything...
It's a minefield being a woman, according to all the information
released in the past few days. Wednesday at 3:30pm is the worst time
of the week, reported one survey compiled by a company that makes
fake tan. It's when women look oldest and feel worst,...
Plans to bury radioactive waste in Cumbria face growing local
opposition. Mike Glover reports Proposals to store nuclear waste under England's largest national
park and other areas of outstanding natural beauty will face stormy
opposition this week....
Late MP attended parties at a London guest house where boys from
a local care home were assaulted, it is claimed Police are investigating claims that the late Sir Cyril Smith
sexually abused young boys at a guest house allegedly used by a
Costing 12bn, with half a million complaints in the bag, PPI
(payment protection insurance) is breaking all mis-selling records
and the banks want a line drawn under the scandal. PPI has acquired
a bad reputation, but it is how it was sold that is the...
Wages are struggling to keep pace with inflation and you wouldn't
hold your breath for a pay rise, but you can take matters into your
hands.Incomes have grown by just 2.9 per cent, according to the latest
Spending Power Report from Lloyds TSB, doing...
THE FERAL BEAST Dave sees Brooks and lights upDavid Cameron has largely given up smoking cigarettes, but cigars
are another matter. I can reveal that the Prime Minister indulged in
"a large cigar" in the company of Rebekah Brooks, at a party last
David Cameron's referendum promise narrows the Labour lead to six
points, down from 11 last month David Cameron's pledge to give Britain a referendum on Europe has
given him a five-point "Brussels bounce" according to a poll for The
Independent on Sunday...
Eleanor Margolis on her mixed feelings about Holocaust Memorial
Day A couple of years ago, I went on a magical misery tour. My
brother David and I set out on a road trip across Europe, stopping
at all the important sites where, well, terrible things...
Youngs is England's most dynamic hookerPeter Winterbottom(England 1982-93, 58 caps + 7 Lions)Who will win the Six Nations?My heart says England but my head says France. It may be too soon
for England, although they did well on a lot of levels to win...
Well, not quite. But Philippe Dubost is not alone in finding a
novel way to seek work Next time one of Britain's 2.5 million unemployed despairs at
ever finding a job, they might like to think a bit more creatively
about how to make their CV stand out.Specifically,...
Bunny Wailer accuses Snoop Lion of embracing Rastafarianism
simply to publicise his new reggae album. Tim Walker reports Rastafarians are thought of as a peaceful bunch, yet one of the
Rastafari movement's newest adherents has caused uncharacteristic
Warren Gatland will keep his distance from Wales as they attempt
to end a seven-match losing streak and retain the Six Nations title
while he attends to his duties as this year's British & Irish Lions
head coachAn agreement between the home unions allows...
England have taken their plans to reduce coaching workloads a
stage further by resting Graham Gooch from his duties with the
batsmen in the one-day international and Twenty20 squads and
appointing Graham Thorpe (left) to the role for the tour of New
Concerns are growing that thousands of investors are being denied
access to unbiased independent financial advice following a key rule
change banning the payment of commission.Because advisers now need to charge when giving investment advice
- fee levels...
The prince and the PR mission Forget Las Vegas: The third in line
to the throne used his Afghan tour to cultivate a very different
image. Emily Dugan reports on a royal rebrand The carefully choreographed recasting of Prince Harry as military
Paul Buckle's side record the first FA Cup victory by a non-
League side away to a top-flight team in 27 years as the hosts
continue their worrying run of form NORWICH CITY 0 LUTON TOWN 1
Rendell (80) Half-time: 0-0 Att: 26,521 Bradford City having redefined...
BOLTON 1 Sordell (27) EVERTON 2 Pienaar (18), Heitinga (90) Half-
time: 1-1 Att: 18,760 A goal from Johnny Heitinga in extra-time denied Bolton a replay
that was the least they deserved from this fourth-round tie.Relegated from the Premier League last...
Kazakh nomads Amid the harsh splendour of Mongolia's arid plains,
nomadic eagle hunters still follow a traditional way of life that
has defied history, geography and political change THE KAZAKH nomad's hand rocks forwards in a gentle stroking
Key to Murray's success The tennis star has clearly benefited
from his new training regime, writes Susie Mesure Whatever the outcome in Melbourne this morning, Andy Murray can
rest assured that he is one of the world's hottest players. And
In households all over the UK the heating has been cranked up to
full as we brace ourselves against the cold snap. Keeping warm is a
costly business and energy bills are through the - poorly insulated -
roof, so it is welcome news that tomorrow sees...
SUSIE MESURE MEETS CHIWETEL EJIOFOR Next week, the actor appears
in a new TV drama by Stephen Poliakoff on the relationship between
black musicians and the aristocracy in 1930s London This is beyond strange. Chiwetel Ejiofor is sitting in my
On TV, informed commentators are too often ignored in favour of
'experts' with their own political agendas World View The ignorance of television pundits and the limitations of
"embedded" journalism ease the way for governments to launch
ROUND-UP Tom Croft's second match back after eight months out with a neck
injury lasted 11 minutes at Welford Road as Leicester's England
flanker went off with a rib injury in the 34-8 LV=Cup win over
Wasps.A strong performance would have enhanced Croft's...
Britain's insurance industry has spent more than 3bn preparing
for new European rules they believe will never be implemented, it
has emerged.FTSE 100 insurers told The Independent on Sunday that the cost of
red tape and compliance work undertaken in...
Company's reputation hit by poor sales, child labour and bigger
screens The iPhone is no longer the "It" phone. Apple last week stunned
markets when it announced lower than expected sales, the bad news
sending share prices crashing. Its problems were...
When Geoff Parling jumps, England listen. Hugh Godwin talks to
one of the few undroppables in Stuart Lancester's team about his
vital job in charge of the line-out Banish from your mind the picture of Twickenham as a
battleground; forget the TV trails...
Jane Birkin, reflecting on her role as muse for Serge Gainsbourg,
is clearly still under his spell, writes Jonathan Owen Jane Birkin had everything. She was Britain's answer to Brigitte
Bardot; parts in iconic Sixties films such as Blow Up and
IoS INVESTIGATION Britain's gambling addiction As the business
approaches the Pounds 2bn mark and bookies seek to lure in new
punters, the number of Britons at risk of becoming addicted is
growing rapidly. Paul Gallagher reports A huge increase in gambling...
To the unenlightened (i.e. most of us), they were just naff. Now,
with good reason, they are hailed as prophets. David Stubbs hails
synthpop pioneers Kraftwerk The fuss over the ticketing fiasco that followed the news that
Kraftwerk were to play Tate...
Restaurants Why Windermere's finest is worth a 500-mile round
trip for our reviewer THERE ARE not many things I'd rather do than sit by a hot fire
with a cold G&T. The weather outside is filthy and it's a rare night
off from domestic duty, so bring on...
Ten years on, Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon returns to Elland
Road You have to go back fully 10 years for the last time Aaron Lennon
played in a Leeds v Tottenham fixture, but it is an occasion he will
not have forgotten. It was August 2003, and when...
FICTION Ten Things I've Learnt About Love By Sarah Butler Picador
Pounds 12.99 Sarah Butler's graceful and subtle debut novel alternates two
voices: those of Alice, who's rushed back to London from Mongolia
because her father is dying of cancer; and...
Pop Ronan Keating Brighton Centre BRIGHTON *** Bon Jovi BBC Radio
Theatre LONDON *** What's eating Ronan Keating? On the Fires tour, he seems
compelled to break the flow at regular intervals and allude to some
inner sadness. "It's no secret the the last...
New Zealander who lived through earthquake prepares for
Twickenham It will be classified as a shock, no doubt, if Scotland manage to
open their Six Nations campaign with a win at Twickenham next
Saturday. Not since 1983 have they beaten England in south-west
A sparingly hung exhibition of portraits has lumpen duds among
the star turns - for comparison, or because that's all the RA could
get hold of? Visual Art Manet: Portraying Life Royal Academy LONDON
**** Like many of Manet's paintings - like his work...
MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0 WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 Gomez (pen 7) Half-time: 0-
1 Att: 5,849 These clubs share so much history, arch rivals in the Northern
Premier League, and the Cheshire League before that, until Wigan
were voted into the Football League in place...
A new exhibition shows how the beautiful game can be anything
but. Robert Epstein reports It all started in the 1960s: suddenly footballers were earning
astronomical sums - 21 a week! - which meant they could splash the
hard-earned on a nice pair of...
Bargain of the season is preparing for the biggest month of his
career It is tempting to believe that things cannot get any better for
Michu but, if all goes to plan, the next month should see the
Spaniard reach football's next level.After knocking out...
Centrepiece He has now made the last four major tennis finals,
winning the US Open and Olympic gold. This morning, at the
Australian Open, Andy Murray goes for three victories in a row.
Sarah Morrison looks at the 10 factors that have suddenly taken
US Open champion knows what it takes to win a Slam -- and it
hurts. Today he is once again looking within himself, seeking a
final step to glory Andy Murray is expecting to suffer pain when he faces Novak
Djokovic here today in the Australian Open final...
Child actors Child actors have never been in greater demand - so
how do they set themselves apart? And more importantly, how do they
ensure that their fame isn't fleeting? A RECENT ITV documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of
ARE WE in fuel poverty?" Victoria asked me the other day. I
decided to add up our annual fuel costs to find a definite answer.
It seems that we spend 2,100 a year on heating oil for our Rayburn
stove. We spend 1,600 on electricity. And there is about...
Should you listen to the economists or to the markets? It is a
hot question because the two are heading in different directions:
economists are going down - or at least suggesting that economic
prospects are going down - while the markets are on the...
The board minutes of Network Rail, the government-backed body
that owns and operates Britain's most vital track and 17 major
stations from Glasgow Central to Waterloo, usually make for turgid
reading.For example, in June chief executive David Higgins,...
INVISIBLE INK In past columns I've featured prolific authors such as Edgar
Wallace, whose output ran to thousands of pages. Here we have
someone whose sole claim to fame lies in a single, slim volume.
Walker Hamilton was Scottish, born in Airdrie in...
OMAN The most spectacular way to explore Oman's rugged Hajar
mountains is to reach for the top, discovers Amar Grover As we were weaving through Oman's rugged Jebel Hajar, there came
a point when our eight-year-old stopped counting the relentless
A couple of academics have, with a single devastating insight,
blown a sizeable hole in our national preoccupation with school
league tables. Parents who waited eagerly to pounce on the latest
set of figures published by the Department for Education...
JSP Columnist of the Year THE COMMENT AWARDS Editorial
Intelligence I have sinned. The other night I ate a mackerel. A nice juicy
specimen, purchased from Carricks fish stall in Ripon market.
Slashed, stuffed with preserved lemon, and baked. Delicious,...
The Berkshire schoolboy who became chaplain to Chile's leader is
back spreading the word in Britain. Paul Gallagher reports Scriptwriters salivate about life stories like Alfredo Cooper's.
To be fair, there aren't that many lives to match his: from working
Step aside Federer and Nadal, Djokovic v Murray is now the most
intense rivalry, with both players in top form at the Australian
Open Time never stands still in sport, and today's Australian Open
final provides confirmation that there is a new headline...
RANTNick Clegg must be regretting his commitment to appear weekly on
LBC radio and answer listeners' questions about what's bugging them.
Fortunately for him, if he decides that he really doesn't like it,
he can always just change his mind. He's good...
READING 4 Hunt (6, 50), Leigertwood (40), McCleary (54) SHEFFIELD
UNITED 0 Half-time: 2-0 Att: 14,715 Brian McDermott, the Reading manager, is not a great collector of
memorabilia but in his study at home, pride of place on a wall, is a
The Office of Fair Trading says banks are too slow and
bureaucratic when it comes to customers switching current account.
In addition charges are too high it says.This is one of those "no shit Sherlock" pronouncements as it has
always been thus and we...
The Welshman goes indoors to recover from Olympic disappointment At the home Olympics last summer, he was the captain of the
British team - the crestfallen captain. London 2012 did not exactly
go to plan for Dai Greene. While Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis...
The Calvin Report QUEENS PARK RANGERS 2 Bothroyd (83), Fabio (90)
MK DONS 4 Traore (og 4), Lowe (40), Harley (50), Potter (56) Half-
time: 0-2 Att: 17,081 Oh dear. What a pity. Never mind. Queens Park Rangers treated the
FA Cup as an unwanted chore,...
Police inquiry launched into death of man in gas mask who was
tackled by customers A masked gunman who collapsed and died after being disarmed and
pinned down by customers in a betting shop, was last night named as
50-year-old Alan Levers.Police have...
Liverpool recently rewarded their precocious 18-year-old winger
Raheem Sterling with a 2,000 per cent pay rise. But, as he tells Tim
Rich, his new riches came with a caveat The trouble with golden boys is that the glitter soon fades. One
of this month's...
MANCHESTER UNITED 4 Giggs (pen 3), Rooney (50) Hernandez (52, 66)
FULHAM 1 Hughes (77) Half-time: 1-0 Att: 19,814 Norwich City, a club that will want to consign the FA Cup to the
deepest recesses of their memory, used to be covered by a fanzine
Dr Koukash flies in to ensure a full line-up of clubs start the
new season The best news about the new Super League season, which kicks off
this Friday, is that it will do so with its full quota of clubs. At
more than one stage that looked highly unlikely....
Concessions on plans to hear cases behind closed doors are not
enough, say rebel MPs Ministers face a fresh rebellion this week over plans to allow
court cases affecting national security to be heard behind closed
doors - despite claims that they have...
Shell will announce a bumper set of 2012 results this week,
though the sheen of a profit leap will be removed as it updates the
market on its problems in the Arctic.The FTSE 100 oil giant is set to report on Thursday that net
income soared by 42 per...
Let's hear it for the majority, who do their best and then go
home. Plus, business people should stick to business, and poetic bad
behaviour The most sensible remark uttered by a politician last week came
courtesy of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury,...
HEADS UP THE BOOK OF MORMON WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? The Tony- and Grammy-winning satirical
musical, following a pair of good American Mormon men who go on a
mission to Uganda to try to convert the natives, arrives in London.ELEVATOR PITCH Worth making...
INSIDE LINES Sir Clive Woodward could be heading back to front-line sports
administration as the next chairman of UK Sport. He and the
Paralympian peer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson are the standout
candidates for the key part-time post to be vacated...
Classical LPO/Jurowski Royal Festival Hall LONDON ****1/2
L'Orfeo Trinity Buoy Wharf LONDON *** Where does the history of 20th-century music begin? At the Paris
premiere of The Rite of Spring or the Vienna premiere of
Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No...
The Belarusian won her second Slam title but ceded the crowd's
sympathy to the injured Chinese During the on-court presentations here last night following
Victoria Azarenka's 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory in the final over an injured
Li Na, Sandy Roberts, the...
CRIME FICTION Rubbernecker By Belinda Bauer Bantam Pounds 14.99 With Rubbernecker, her fourth novel, Belinda Bauer is to be
applauded for attempting to take the psychological thriller into new
territory. But while there is much to appreciate in this...
Footballers, eh? Underperforming, overpaid ... Maybe, but it's a
game of two halves, argues David Randall It's not hard to list all the things that make professional
football in this country deeply unappetising. Shirt-pulling, hand-
SOMETHING TO DECLARE The hotel tour is one of the small inconveniences of the travel
professional's life. For 30 minutes you trudge in a group from floor
to floor, room to room, trying to think of something polite to say.
("And here is the bedside table."...
Radio The Alien Balladeer RADIO 4, MONDAY-FRIDAY **** Between the
Ears: Mighty Beast RADIO 3, SATURDAY **** Murray Lachlan Young caused a stir in the poetry world when he
signed a million-pound deal with EMI. It went badly, and a financial
Paul Torday, the author of 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen', talks
to James Kidd about his bleakest novel to date 'I've always managed to become involved in deeply unfashionable
things. First it was manufacturing. Then I dabbled in farming. Now
What is life like for the non-elite in this closed land? Do
citizens really believe that mountains dance when a leader is born?
Britain's former ambassador describes the people he knew there I had the rare privilege of serving as the UK's ambassador...
SPORT Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby By Owen Sheers
Faber Pounds 14.99 At the beginning of his account of life inside the Welsh Rugby
Union, Owen Sheers walks the length of the Millennium Stadium pitch
and feels "as if I've traversed Wales...
Nanomaterials are everywhere, but their use is totally
unregulated. Emily Dugan reports Europe is failing to control a burgeoning industry in microscopic
materials, prompting claims that it has failed to heed the lessons
from millions of asbestos deaths,...
TodayCome on, you don't need to be reading this. Up early, telly on...
it's Andy Murray time. The Scot is all set for Novak Djokovic and
another one of those fist-pumping, high-octane clashes where it
becomes almost too tense to watch. In football, Brentford...
FICTION House of Earth By Woody Guthrie Infinitum Nihil Pounds
12.99 It is rare that the introduction is as interesting as the book it
seeks to preface. But in the case of House of Earth, the foreword,
written by Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp, is...