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Whatever else Golden Sounds thought they were doing 25 years ago when they stuffed pillows into their clothes and donned pith helmets to record "Zangaléwa", it's unlikely they thought they were making a World Cup song. But in one of the stranger ripples of globalisation that's exactly what has happened.

World Cup Watch: Golden Boot hopefuls

In anticipation of the World Cup, The Independent will be running down the key people and factors to keep an eye out for in South Africa with our World Cup Watch series.

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When you are exhibiting at the world's premier flower show you might be expected to regard gardening as one of the greater pleasures in life.

Wenger helping Japan before World Cup

Japan coach Takeshi Okada has enlisted the help of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to gain inside knowledge on World Cup rivals Cameroon.

Sixth attempt to deport African prince who fled tribal torture

An African tribal prince who fled Cameroon after being tortured for refusing to take part in an initiation ceremony which involved sleeping with his dead father's widows is set for deportation today. It will be the sixth time the Home Office has tried to remove Anselme Noumbiwa from Britain in the last four years.

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Ladies, what happened to sisterhood? Sisters, what happened to helping each other out?

Blue candidates show their true colours

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Mary Wakefield: Cameron's ignoring the obstacle to his big society

CRB checks act like super-strength weedkiller on any grassroots movement

Pandora: No Blond jokes as Cameroons stay away

Cold, anyone? One couldn't blame Phillip Blond for feeling the chill. When policy-man and one-time NBF of David Cameron (credited for providing his "mood music"), launched his think-tank, ResPublica last November, he managed to draw none other than the Tory leader himself to cut the silk ribbon. Indeed, there was a time when Blond appeared inseparable from the party's inner circle.

Asylum-seekers abused by security guards, says report

Official investigation backs claims first raised by The Independent two years ago

Michael Brown: Jangled nerves replace high spirits

The view from Brighton: The Tory party needs the votes of the ugly people in the chip shops of Cleethorpes as well as the smart cappuccino cafés of the Notting Hill set

Johann Hari: Ignore the propaganda and spin – the Tory party hasn't changed

Cameron can tuck away his party on a poster, but not in parliament
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