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 April 21, 2013

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10 Ways Conmen Will Take Your Cash, If You Let Them
There's a new sheriff in town - or two, to be precise. The Financial Services Authority, the regulator of firms selling investment products and services, has turned into two separate entities. And they are set to get tougher on fighting financial crime.Of...
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#117 Camera Pranks
Being modern WITH CAMERAPHONES thrust in front of us on a daily basis, sometimes it's difficult just to smile pleasantly So, as a "witty" and "zany" alternative, why not partake in one of the following: "planking" (lying face down with arms and legs...
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#48 A Sporty Diesel That Won't Break the Bank
One for the road MAX HATELEY wants to sell his first car, a Corsa, to help finance his second. With 5,000 to spend, including his car as part- exchange, he's looking for a small, sporty diesel.A CAR FOR THE HEADI know Max likes the Polo and it has a...
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Agenda
FASHIONLush printsTHE FIRST flushes of spring are finally here, and what better way to celebrate than with the blossoming new range from Mother of Pearl - a collaboration with multimedia artist Francesco Simeti, translating his floral wallpaper prints...
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A Long Walk to Survival in Stout, Sensible Shoes
Clarks, built on 19th-century Quaker virtues, has thrived as flimsier brands have fallen. Peter York, who used to work with the firm, salutes a British success story There's a rather curious ad campaign running in the press now which features a happy-looking...
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A New School Is Scary; the Kids Are Nervous Too
Both my kids started at their new school last week. Obviously they were nervous as neither of them has ever been to any other school than their previous one. We did our best to tell them that everybody finds going to a new place tricky, and that they...
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An Eye on the Future, a Feeling for the Past
Influenced by Matisse and Leger, inspired by science, maths and architecture, an enduring Lebanese artist gets her deserved retrospective Visual Art Saloua Raouda Choucair Tate Modern LONDON *** Saloua Raouda Choucair's painting Two = One is arresting...
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Armitage Is Standing Tall among Giants
Back-rower relishes being in company of greats ahead of Toulon's first Heineken Cup semi-final Mourad Boudjellal, the owner and ubiquitous cheerleader of Toulon, made his millions selling comics with tales of superheroes and mythical beasts, and he has...
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As Nature Intended
Restaurants Simon Rogan sprinkles a little of his magic on Manchester's Midland hotel IT WAS the ox that got me. It was the ox that made me really, honestly, genuinely misty-eyed with happiness. I realised I was ruined. No matter how many times I would...
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A Spiritual Love Story Takes Flight
FICTION The Crane Wife By Patrick Ness Canongate Pounds 14.99 Patrick Ness has won more prizes for his children's novels than he has letters in his surname, notching up the Carnegie Medal twice, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Booktrust Teenage...
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Baby Khan Ready to Rumble but His Mum Can't Bear to Watch
Amir's younger brother Haroon is about to make his professional debut on the same card despite family opposition, writes Alan Hubbard Boxing has never been short on bands of brothers, from the Coopers to the Klitschkos. Amir Khan's younger sibling Haroon...
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Barclaycard Forced to Come Clean over Interest Rates
In this job victories for the consumer are few and normally take a long time coming. But only a few days after we exposed how Barclaycard fails to explain properly to those applying for a credit card that they may not receive the rate hoped for, it has...
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Barry: We Don't Want to Feel like This Next Season
Manchester City stalwart says FA Cup and second place is only 'level par' For most clubs the season's prime targets have already been missed, while others are reduced to inventing new, more modest ones. At Manchester City, Champions' League dreams lasted...
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BBC Chiefs Face Grilling by MPs over 'Panorama'
Culture committee to investigate university's complaint about secret filming in North Korea BBC chiefs will be quizzed by MPs this week over their decision to allow one of their journalists to use a university field trip as cover to enter one of the...
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BBC Savings Ideas? Don't Buy Me Dinner
There are plenty of easy ways the corporation could save money. Plus, the perils of liberty, as illustrated by Eric Pickles's extensions It has not been a good few days for the BBC and its incoming chairman, Lord Hall. First there was the furore over...
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Be Specific and Cut the Cost of Ill-Health Cover
No one likes to think about serious diseases such as cancer, but one in six of the UK population has experienced a critical illness, according to the latest Scottish Widows Protection Report, and only 5 per cent of those had any kind of protection policy...
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Between the Covers
YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE TO WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF BOOKSMany great young British novelists - and great slightly older novelists - were furious to be kept standing outside Monday's launch of Granta's "20 Best of Young British Novelists" list...
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Born Survivor
Ginkgos Emma Townshend learns of an ancient Chinese tree that survived the dinosaurs and the Ice Age to become a ubiquitous presence in modern life - whether in sculpture form or as a smart drug THE CHINESE are taking over. It's a fact. But today I'm...
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Bupa Is 'Taking the Mickey', Angry Patients Tell Inquiry
Bupa patients have launched a series of astonishing attacks on the medical insurer during a Competition Commission probe into the 5bn private healthcare industry.The investigation is looking into whether the apparantly overwhelming dominance of just...
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Buy-to-Let Booms as Investors Seek Real Returns
With the price of gold apparently falling off a cliff and savings rates so low that only a handful of accounts keep pace with inflation, more people are looking at buy-to-let for long term returns. No surprise, therefore, that property industry data...
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Calm Down, Dear, It's Just a Revolution
A revival of Maxim Gorky's century-old bourgeois shocker may be a bit of a damp squib, but it ends with a bang Theatre Children of the Sun NT Lyttelton LONDON *** #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei Hampstead Theatre LONDON * Table NT Shed LONDON *** At the...
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Canaries Calm Their Own Nerves but Leave Reading in a Flap
NORWICH CITY 2 R Bennett (50), E Bennett (52) READING 1 McCleary (72) Half-time: 0-0 Att: 26,460 Two goals in two minutes early in the second half were just enough to give Norwich City their second Premier League win of 2013 and ease their growing...
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Can Money Outdo Democracy?
LEADING ARTICLE One thing upon which most Europeans would agree is that we do not want politics like that in America, where money dominates everything. That is the ghastly prospect held out by alarmists if, as expected, the European Court of Human Rights...
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Can We Wipe out the Aberrant Apostrophe?
THANK YOU to all of those who wrote in following my previous column on the teaching of grammar. Many of you agree that schools should instruct pupils in the proper use of English. And you have mentioned many bugbears. Perhaps I could list a few.Mr O'Driscoll...
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Cardiff and Gills Take Titles
ROUND-UP Five more issues were settled yesterday - Cardiff lifted the Championship title, Bournemouth earned promotion from League One, Gillingham were crowned League Two champions, Mansfield returned to the Football League five years after being relegated...
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Change Brews for the Great British Cuppa
Soaring global demand, climate change, more speciality teas - it can only mean prices will go up. By Sanchez Manning Most people think that, in an uncertain world, the one true constant is the reassuring Great British Cuppa. They would be wrong. In...
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Cheer Up, Kevin! I'm about to Give You a Big Smacker on the Lips
Pop Dexys Duke of York's Theatre LONDON ***** British Sea Power Shepherd's Bush Empire LONDON ***** Some things are a gift. Like the sign above the Duke of York's - where Dexys are playing an unprecedented nine nights - for Peter Nichols's black comedy...
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China Quake Devastates Rural Villages
Thousands hurt, 156 killed. Melanie Lee, Ben Blanchard and Lu Jianxin in Shanghai report A devastating 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of Sichuan province in south-west China yesterday, killing at least 156 people...
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Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini
How we met 'Watching a game of Quidditch with the man who put it on the map was surreal' Chris Columbus 54Following success as a screenwriter on films such as 'Gremlins' and 'The Goonies', Columbus (left in picture) saw his directorial career take off...
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Cinema Puts Its Faith in the British Villain
British villains are everywhere in cinema trailers right now: a sure sign that Hollywood is about to kick-off the summer blockbuster season.Ben Kingsley hams it up with a marvellously exaggerated drawl - "you'llllllll neverrrrrr seeeeee meeeeee comiiiiiing"...
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Cries Real Tears
THE FERAL BEAST Last of the sommelier wineAs a leading bon viveur, wine writer Hugh Johnson (below) has amassed an enviable wine collection. For 42 years, the much-loved columnist - author of the indispensable World Atlas of Wine - has stashed it away...
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Curry, the O2 and Banksy - the Very Best of England
Tourism chiefs have come up with a roster of 101 'must-do' activities. Jonathan Owen reports See Naples and die, goes the saying, such was the Italian city's erstwhile fame for beauty and magnificence. Taking inspiration from such sentiments, tourism...
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Defensive Frailties on Show at Palace
CRYSTAL PALACE 2 Gabbidon (26), Dobbie (67) LEICESTER CITY 2 King (37), Wood (73) Half-time: 1-1 Att: 18,563 Crystal Palace's manager Ian Holloway is struggling to defend himself. His gung-ho style has had some success after Dougie Freedman's passing...
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Di Canio's Sunderland Suffer Another Attack from the Left
INSIDE LINES Sunderland's stunning victory at Newcastle last weekend may have mollified many among those supporters disapproving of Paolo Di Canio's presence because of his fascist past, but it clearly cuts no ice with the Trades Union Congress. The...
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Don't Look Back
Test drive ...because you won't see much with the top down in Citroen's DS3 AS SARDINE tins go, it's a very smart one. That is not to be rude about the Citron DS3 Cabrio, merely to describe the way the soft top opens; moving rearwards along two rails...
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Down and out in Paris and London
At last, Tamara Rojo gets her hands on 'the people's ballet'. And how does she sex up the ENB? By throwing herself into Jean Cocteau's grunge-chic Dance English National Ballet Coliseum LONDON *** She may be a vision in daffodil in the central number,...
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Emotions Stacked in Barnet's Favour as Club Wave Goodbye to Underhill
Former Arsenal goalkeeper makes last-minute penalty save in final League game on famous sloping pitch The Calvin Report BARNET 1 Hyde (81) WYCOMBE WANDERERS 0 Half-time: 0-0 Att: 6,001 Underhill passed into history, but Barnet may have a future in the...
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EU Ban on Trade in Seal Fur Set to Be Overturned
European court expected to back attempt by pelt traders and sporran makers to reverse 2010 ruling. Paul Gallagher reports A Europe-wide ban on the trade of seal fur and products is expected to be overturned this week, in a move that will reignite one...
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Fitzgerald's Roaring Twenties - Back on the Big Screen at Last
HEADS UP THE GREAT GATSBY WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?The much-anticipated screen adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s novel. It tells the story of Nick Carraway who re-friends his cousin, Daisy Buchanan and husband, Tom - as well as meeting a new neighbour,...
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For Once, We Were All in It Together
JSP Columnist of the Year THE COMMENT AWARDS EDITORIAL INTELLIGENCE A funeral allows all sorts of emotions to bubble to the surface, and Baroness Thatcher's was no different. Watching the formal procession, the strangely militant hymns, and the studied...
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Four Battle to Bag Riches of Europe's Prize
London and Lancashire clash as Wenger, Villas-Boas, Moyes and Benitez push for next season's Champions' League berths in a race that promises to go to the wire For the 10th season running, Lancashire and London are about to monopolise the top four positions...
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Fugitive Shot Dead Was on FBI Radar Two Years Ago
SPECIAL REPORT The Boston bombers Tamerlan Tsarnaev was interviewed as possible terrorist, at overseas request. By David Randall Major questions about US security and intelligence services were raised last night after it was revealed that the elder of...
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Gloucester Show Power and Positive Thinking to Topple Saracens
GLOUCESTER 28 SARACENS 23 Gloucester Tries: May 2, Morgan Cons: Burns 2 Pens: Burns 3 Saracens Tries: Tomkins 2 Cons: Farrell 2 Pens: Farrell 3 Half-time: 18-13 Att: 15,537 How infuriating has this season been for Gloucester? Two scalps have been Saracens...
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Goodbye, Tomorrow's Cruel World
YOUNG ADULT The Hit By Melvin Burgess Chicken House Pounds 7.99 Only future social historians will be able to make sense of the on-going fashion for teenage dystopian novels. Will these books turn out to be harbingers of some dreadful reality to come?...
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Gove Must Make Time for Pooh-Sticks
Our nagging work ethic is costing our children their childhood, says Tim Lott Michael Gove's urging last week that children must work harder, with longer school days and shorter holidays, develops that dismal theme so beloved by politicians that the...
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Guzan Joins the 200 CLUB
If it wasn't for the double century of saves made by their big American keeper, Aston Villa might be relegated already, writes Simon Hart It is one of the ironies of this Premier League season that Aston Villa will turn up at Manchester United tomorrow...
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Hammers Put Woeful Wigan Closer to Drop
FA Cup finalists receive rude awakening while West Ham give Sam Allardyce a new deal WEST HAM UNITED 2 Jarvis (21), Nolan (80) WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 Half-time: 1-0 Att: 34,544 Just a week after one of the finest days in their history at Wembley, Wigan Athletic...
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Head East for an Ibizan Take on the Algarve
B&B AND BEYOND VILACAMPINA, PORTUGAL This Moorish-style guesthouse is a sophisticated base for exploring the region's natural delights, says Katie Monk The eastern stretch of the Algarve's coast is blessed with year- round sunshine, stunning beaches,...
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Hello Lenin! How the 'Red Elvis' Went East
Book traces fate of Cold War defectors who went the 'wrong way'. By Tony Paterson in Berlin With his wavy hair and raunchy stage voice, Dean Reed was feted by the rulers of communist East Germany as socialism's answer to Elvis Presley. He was one of...
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Hot, Humid Yoga
It's not supposed to be competitive, but fans of Bikram yoga hope for Olympic glory. Matthew Bell (in action, left) reports from the national championships Flamingos may find it relaxing, but for most of us, standing on one leg isn't much of a tonic....
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I Believe in Minerals, Says Madagascar's Iron Lady
In the week that one Iron Lady was laid to rest, another was in London to raise funds for her own tilt at running a nation in economic crisis. Except this lady doesn't come across as particularly steely, rather she is hunting for iron - as well as numerous...
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'I Don't Believe in Happy Endings'
Lauren Oliver is the biggest thing in Young Adult fiction right now. So why does she feel so conflicted, asks James Kidd It is tempting to view Lauren Oliver's literary career as working in reverse. Arguably the hottest property in Young Adult fiction right...
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I Hope Sale Look after a Valuable Asset like Thomas
From the Front Row I always worry a little when I see a prop forward burst on to the scene. For me, the most desirable introduction to first-class rugby for an aspiring bookend should be a slow, measured, silent one. Admittedly a somewhat unexciting...
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In Search of a French Fantasy a Few Hours' Drive from London
FRANCE Just south of Calais lies the Boulonnais region, where you can find yourself lost in a quiet corner of 'deep France', says Stephen Bayley I am writing these notes at breakfast in an old French inn. The sight before me is powerfully evocative....
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Inspirational Eden Banishes Saints from Cup
HULL KR 26 ST HELENS 18 Half-time: 16-6 Att: 4,454 Rovers progressed in the Challenge Cup - a trophy the club have won only once - but even playing against 12 men for almost 50 minutes proved far from straightforward.Saints had their winger Francis Meli...
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Is the Right Winning the US Culture Wars? Yes, No and Maybe
On the 'hot-button' issues of gun control, abortion and gay marriage, the country is moving in several directions at once Out of America Are the conservative crazies completing their takeover of America? Following the US Senate's failure last week to...
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Kate Humble
Credo 'It was exciting being in a big city at 19, living on crisps, air and drugs' I SPENT MY WHOLE CHILDHOOD COVERED IN THE DUNG OF VARIOUS ANIMALSI grew up in a house next door to a farm in Bray, Berkshire. Most days I'd climb over the fence into our...
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King's Long Journey Home Brings Handsome Reward
The best advice yesterday was to follow the teams in form, particularly those training on Wiltshire chalkland. At Newbury, Richard Hannon brought his score in this week's five recognised Guineas trials to three wins, two seconds when Olympic Glory and Maureen...
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Louw's Late Try Strengthens Bath's Heineken Cup Push
Tigers undone by inability to subdue committed home side as Tuilagi undermines Lions claims BATH 27 LEICESTER TIGERS 26 Bath Tries: Taylor, Rokoduguni, Agulla, Louw Cons: Devoto, Donald Pen: Heathcote Leicester Tigers Tries: Croft, B Youngs Cons: Flood...
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Mamma Mia! Brosnan's Sweet, Sun-Drenched Romance Looks Familiar
Film 2 Love Is All You Need Susanne Bier 112 MINS, 15 *** Promised Land Gus Van Sant 107 MINS, 15 *** Stop me if you've heard this one before. A blue-eyed blonde in her early twenties is getting married in an Edenic Mediterranean hideaway. Pierce Brosnan...
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Manhunt Ends in a Suburban Backyard
SPECIAL REPORT The Boston bombers Nikhil Kumar reports from the scene on the stroke of luck that led to the younger Tsarnaev brother finally being tracked down The chase ended because of a loose tarpaulin on a boat in the back garden of 67 Franklin...
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Meaker Makes His Case as Compton Misses Out
Up-and-coming bowler takes five as England opener has sluggish start SOMERSET 384 & 251-9 dec SURREY 366-9 dec Match drawn This time last season Nick Compton was a 28-year-old county stalwart with 343 first-class runs to his name and distant dreams of an...
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Mellow Yes, but Goldie's Still in a Rush
NICK DUERDEN MEETS GOLDIE As a new career 'best-of' provokes retrospection, the newly chilled musician-artist-actor-whatever insists he still has his best work ahead of him Goldie hides when he first catches sight of me walking into a central London...
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Michu Was Worth Player of the Year Vote, Says Laudrup
SWANSEA CITY 0 SOUTHAMPTON 0 Half-time: 0-0 Att: 20,561 Michu may have fired a blank here, but Swansea manager Michael Laudrup reckons his star man was worthy of a PFA Player of the Year nomination. The Spaniard was a surprise omission from the six-man shortlist...
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Millwall Fans Fight - to Change the Club's Image through Charity Work
The Last Word Food parcels containing such necessities as bread, pasta, sugar and soup were collected for a local charity. Ambassadors visited schools to remind children of the perils of drug abuse and the evils of knife crime. Young offenders were trained...
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More Women Than Men Suffer Heart Disease
New campaign aims to dispel myth that cardiac illness is a male preserve. Emily Dugan reports The stereotype of the overweight, unfit bloke as a heart attack in waiting masks a deadly fact. In fact, more young women suffer from cardiovascular problems...
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Most of Us Depend on It, but What Do Your Know about the Rules of Credit?
Where would we be without credit? Most of us wouldn't own homes, we would probably be driving old bangers and our clothes might be in tatters. But there's always a price to pay. That price is the interest, plus various fees and charges imposed by the...
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Musharraf's Fantasy World Crumbles as He Sits in Jail
Pakistan's former president played at being a democrat, but his self-delusion knew no bounds The bizarre spectacle of the man who once bestrode Pakistan fleeing from an Islamabad courtroom on Friday before being arrested and locked up was of a piece...
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'My Doctor Was Going to Pull the Plug'
Bobby Womack He gave the Rolling Stones their first Number One. Fifty years on, he's Adele's new label mate. But the really extraordinary thing is what happened in between... BACKSTAGE AT Coachella, the international rock'n'roll A-listers are lounging...
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Newcastle Grab a Point but Not Safety Margin
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 Jones (64) NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 Gouffran (8) Half-time: 0-1 Att: 25,671 Spring was in the air here yesterday, but for Alan Pardew, a lingering chill remains. The six days since his Newcastle side's home derby humiliation by Sunderland...
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No 169 Jim Shepard
INVISIBLE INK Here's an unusual situation; an author who's certainly not dead, not unknown or out of print in his native USA, greatly admired, yet ignored and unrepresented on these shores. While UK publishers reprint the most minor Nordic crime novels,...
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One Child Good, Two ... a Nightmare
FICTION The Dark Road By Ma Jian (trs Flora Drew) Chatto Pounds 16.99 Set in rural China, notionally about a decade ago, Ma Jian's compelling but distinctly uncomfortable new novel presents a hellish depiction of the human impact of China's one child...
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On the Edge
Greenland With a dwindling population and the modern world encroaching, Niaqornat, one of Greenland's most remote settlements, was on the verge of extinction when Sarah Gavron first ventured there. Yet the film-maker found a village prepared to fight...
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Patients Denied Care as Nurses Fill in Forms
'Non-essential' clerical tasks take up 2.5 million hours a week, poll reveals Hospital patients are being denied vital care because overstretched nursing staff spend too much time filling in forms and doing unnecessary paperwork, it is claimed. Britain's...
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Peers Try to Block 'Political' Paralympian
Tanni Grey-Thompson's welfare policy criticism blamed for delay in Sport England appointment Tory peers are trying to block one of Britain's most decorated Paralympians, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, from becoming chair of Sport England because they...
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Philanthropists, Sign Here
Cuts mean that private patrons are more valuable than ever, says Peter Luff Which British city has more miles of canal than Venice? The answer is Birmingham, whose waterways may not throng with gondoliers, but which is no cultural backwater. After all,...
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Play Your Cards Right in Cuba's Capital
SLICE OF THE CITY HAVANA Fifties mobsters had glittering plans for a Las Vegas of the Caribbean, says Claire Boobbyer American mobster Meyer Lansky had a dream. He wanted Havana to bloom as the Las Vegas of the Caribbean; he wagered millions on his money-making...
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P&O and Cunard Push the Boat out for Early Bookers
CRUISE REPORT The brochures for 2014 from the major cruise lines are out. With them comes the usual dilemma of whether to book now or wait for a bargain - but this time with added twists.A decade ago, when there were fewer and smaller ships, you simply booked...
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Press Exposes Two Leveson Lawyers' Affair
Claims it could have affected report are denied. By Heather Saul and Anthony Cuthbertson Key players in the Leveson inquiry into press ethics spoke out yesterday following allegations that its junior counsel was having a relationship with a barrister...
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Pride of Place as Clough Gets His Way in Boardroom at Last
OUTSIDE THE BOX It is somewhat ironic that from next season Derby County's boardroom at Pride Park is to be officially named after their former manager Brian Clough. The great man had little time for directors in general - "Football hooligans? There's...
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Problem with Gold Is It's Impossible to Know the Real Value
Over the past 10 years, the price of gold has climbed from around $350 an ounce to over $1,800. But since reaching its peak in August 2011, prices have declined to $1,600. In recent weeks, the slow decline turned into a rout as prices plunged to around...
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Protesters Say: 'No to Bloody Formula'
Bahrain GP organisers carry on regardless, with Nico Rosberg claiming pole for controversial race If 10,000 people protested on the streets of London against the staging of the British Grand Prix, media coverage would be frenzied. But perspective is...
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Raffish Romp through the Renaissance
The genius of Leonardo da Vinci is disguised somewhat in this cheerfully anachronistic tale of his encounters with the Medicis Television Da Vinci's Demons FOX, FRIDAY *** Royal Paintbox ITV1, TUESDAY ** Hemlock Grove NETFLIX ** Did you know Leonardo...
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Ronnie Puts Himself Back in the Frame
After 11 months out, O'Sullivan returned to snooker's top tables yesterday and showed he can conjure up the old magic, writes Tim Rich at The Crucible Ray Reardon told the young Steve Davis: "You can't go back to what was nice. You can't stop. You've...
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Sessegnon Helps Di Canio Take Strides to Safety
SUNDERLAND 1 Sessegnon (45) EVERTON 0 Half-time: 1-0 Att: 44,614There was no knee slide this time, and the pants stayed clean. Nevertheless, Paolo Di Canio was more than satisfied in the wake of trousering another precious three points.The mud-stained...
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Should We Get Emotional about Baggage?
SOMETHING TO DECLARE My suitcase died last week. My fourth in six years. This time the poor Samsonite had its back cracked irreparably in the luggage hold during a flight back from Morocco. It was less than two years old.Call me callous, but although...
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Sidwell's Red Lifts Off-Colour Arsenal in Top-Four Race
Fulham player marks return from ban with a sending-off and helps Gunners return to third FULHAM 0 ARSENAL 1 Mertesacker (43) Half- time: 0-1 Att: 25,700 Is it any wonder that football managers either go grey or lose their hair altogether? Fulham's Martin...
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Six Ways to Infinity ... and Beyond
The Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, believes humanity's future lies in the stars. But, as he tells Paul Bignell, we will first have to change our ways Interstellar travel, hypercomputers, space mining - they all sound like the stuff of Star Trek and...
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Spanish Invader Loose in the Woods
This year's spectacular show of wild English bluebells faces a growing threat from a garden escapee, warns David Randall The desire of gardeners to have one of the great glories of the English countryside growing in their own backyards is threatening the...
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Stoke Play It Safe as Redknapp Gives In
QPR fan Peter Crouch puts in impressive display to punish his former club QUEENS PARK RANGERS 0 STOKE CITY 2 Crouch (42), Walters pen (77) Half-time: 0-1 Att: 17,391 QPR beat Stoke in the penultimate game of last season, a result that ultimately kept...
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Stuart Franklin
Portfolio I see a lot of myself in you AFTER THREE stressful years as president of Magnum Photos, Stuart Franklin needed a break. And so, in 2009, the London-born photographer, then 53, bought a lakeside cabin on the island of Otroya, on Norway's western...
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Tesco Has Not Passed It's Sell-By Date, but Its Blunders Are Costly
Listening to Philip Clarke, Tesco's chief executive, explaining on radio last week why the supermarket giant has just reported the first fall in profit in two decades left me feeling distinctly queasy.He was suitably contrite about the 1.2bn hit that...
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The Best British Novelists, but a Poor Crystal Ball
These may well turn out to be the brightest writers of their generation, but while some work truly shines, the list fails to satisfy as a collection FICTION Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4 Edited by John Freeman Granta Pounds 12.99 For...
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The Boston Bombs Roused a Monster
An overreaction to the attacks could result in massive, self- important bodies wielding excessive powers and hounding the wrong people The success or failure from the point of view of the perpetrators of an attack like the bombing of the Boston Marathon...
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The Drop Zone
The bottom eight today P W D L F A GD PtsNorwich 34 8 14 12 33 53 -20 38Sunderland 34 9 10 15 38 45 -7 37Stoke 34 8 13 13 30 41 -11 37Newcastle 34 10 7 17 43 60 -17 37Aston Villa 33 8 10 15 36 60 -24 34Wigan 33 8 7 18 37 60 -23 31QPR 34 4 12 18 29 56...
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The Goliaths of Banking Face a New Challenge
Ask anyone what they think of their bank and many will use words such as "greedy", "unethical" and possibly add a few expletives.The high-street banking giants - Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Santander - have been plagued by mis-selling scandals, rate- rigging,...
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The Social Trend That It's OK to Hate
Perhaps this has not been the most representative week in the media, but did you know that there have been 51 articles in the British press in the past seven days with the word "hate" in the headline? Some of them have been about the "hate cleric" Abu...
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The Spy Who Came in from the Shadow of the Wall
FICTION A Delicate Truth By John le Carre Viking Pounds 18.99 The commodification of public services, the manipulation of power for personal gain, extraordinary rendition, and old-fashioned moral bankruptcy are at the heart of John le Carr's 23rd novel....
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The Tide Has Turned, but Labour Won't Admit It
The Conservatives are sure that this is a "tidal" moment, as one No 10 insider put it last week. They think that, finally, the weight of water has turned and is breaking Ed Miliband's flimsy defences. The dyke cracked on Friday, when my colleague Andrew...
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The Unseen Lee Miller
Lee Miller Thousands of pictures of the supermodel-turned-war- photographer - as well as her own shots of friends from Picasso to Dylan Thomas - had been lost to the world, hidden in an attic. But now they are about to be made available to the public...
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