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Tuesday 08 September 2009
Sunday 28 June 2009
Starting with an instrumental that could be lifted from a turn-of-the-1980s cop movie, The Phenomenal Handclap Band spread their cards on the table upfront.
Wednesday 24 June 2009
Long before David Beckham was enticed from the galactico maelstrom of Real Madrid to the Hollywood climes of LA Galaxy, the New York Cosmos became the leading light of the North American Soccer Revolution.
Wednesday 24 June 2009
It’d be difficult to get a coherent description of the sensation from, say, the bull, eight dogs, and a Welsh sheep (nicknamed Sparky) who, according to Freedom of Information Act statistics, are among those who have been Tasered by police since the introduction of the 50,000-volt stun-guns in 2004. But human victims have been more forthcoming. One, David Sylvester, a grandfather who owns his own security business, last year told the Independent’s Johann Hari how he suffered indescribable pain when Tasered in the head by police in London.
Another Taser target said it was “like someone reached into my body to rip my muscles apart with a fork.” And a third London man, attacked by muggers using a stun-gun – which can generate an electric shock as great as the police Tasers – says: “I felt like I’d been stabbed in the back with a knitting needle. My knees went from under me. It was really frightening. It left burn marks on my skin, even through my clothes.”
Civil liberties campaigners have called for a ban on use of the weapons, but 6,000 more Tasers are due to be issued to UK police. The London Met are the most trigger-happy force, and have used Tasers 254 times (of 1,181 nationwide).
Unlike one Gwent officer – who checked to see if his weapon was working, only to shoot a barb into his own finger – the Met have managed to avoid Tasering themselves. Tim Walker
Saturday 20 June 2009
Jane Randolph: Actress best known for her work with Jacques Tourneur and Val Lewton on ‘Cat People'
Monday 15 June 2009
Jane Randolph was the actress so memorably terrorised by the suggestive effects of shadow, light and sound in the classic thriller Cat People (1942).
Saturday 13 June 2009
Sunday 24 May 2009
It seems ungenerous to put down a debut novel, but I found the reliance on kooky, pithy observation after kooky, pithy observation extremely unengaging in this one. Jane F Kotapish is trying too hard from the first line, and it takes her focus away from what matters.
Thursday 30 April 2009
A vacant five-story building collapsed at a lower Manhattan construction site this morning, but there appeared to be no injuries.
Monday 27 April 2009
The Independent seems to bring good luck to Steve Williams. Eight years ago, the engineer won an all-expenses-paid trip to New York in a competition in the paper. And last week, he was at a cousin's wedding when he learnt he had became the ninth reader to receive £10,000 in the paper's Heads or Tails competition.
Saturday 31 January 2009
Tuesday 27 January 2009
Saturday 24 January 2009
Monday 19 January 2009
The black boxes recovered from the US Airways jetliner that safely splashed down in the Hudson River last week captured thumping sounds, the sudden loss of engine power and the pilot's calm mayday request, evidence that seems to back up the crew's account of hitting a flock of birds shortly after take off.
Saturday 10 January 2009
As New York icons go, The Plaza is on a par with yellow cabs, Woody Allen and the Statue of Liberty. And, like many of the glamorous ladies who lunch in the image-conscious city, it has undergone a facelift – costing $400m (£267m). The 101-year-old landmark was closed for extensive refurbishment by its new owners ElAd Properties in 2005 and reopened for business last March, with many of the main features opening gradually throughout last year.
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