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Today marks another exciting stage in the development of The Independent. Since the paper launched 20 years ago, we have maintained a reputation for innovation, and in September 2003, we became Britain's first quality compact daily newspaper. The ground-breaking move was recognised by a collection of major awards, and was rewarded with unprecedented rises in circulation. But we are constantly striving to make The Independent more attractive and enhance its value for money, which is why we are today introducing a new 24-page section called Extra, showcasing the best in journalism and photography. Some of the newspaper's regular features - our daily column (today, John Walsh's Tales of the City), the As If cartoon strip, our specialist pages (today, expanded health coverage), the Ten Best, our puzzles page (including sudoku and the concise crossword) and our arts section together with easy-to-use television and radio listings - will now be housed in the new pull-out. Extra will also be home to a number of new features, including a chance for readers to write a review of anything they have experienced, from a pop concert to a book to a restaurant. See page 22 of Extra for today's offering. There are also some changes in the main paper. Pandora moves from our comment pages to page 18, and we are introducing a new daily feature, The Big Question, in which one of our acclaimed team of specialists tells you all you need to know about an important issue of the day. Today, on page 39, Hamish McRae discusses why London has become a haven for the world's super-rich.

In your new, improved Independent, you will also find more space for news, business and sport. And all this for only 70p a day. We think it's good value. We hope you like it.

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