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TRANSPORT: Traffic increase puts more pressure on motorways

Britain's packed motorways are growing ever more busy, according to Government figures released yesterday.

The Independent is on the World Wide Web

The Independent is on the World Wide Web at last, with a general election web site run jointly with Virgin.

Letter: In the post

Your article "Thousands fall for pounds 1 fax 'poll' on referendum" (13 April) touches on the wider issue of "cold faxing", the sending of unsolicited material. Unwanted telephone calls can be cut off and junk mail binned unread, but there is no de- fence against unsolicited fax transmissions.

22 easy steps to a better Britain

It has always struck me as unfair that the main political parties put out manifestos at election time and nobody else does. Why should politicians think that what they have to say is more interesting than what the rest of us have to say? There are far more of the rest of us than there are of the politicians, for a start.

Jalabert left behind as Garcia grows


Letter: Voting pattern in new constituency

Sir: Mr Welch of Clwyd can indeed find out the voting make-up of his newly redistributed constituency (letter, 22 March).

angel or devil

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Extra cards ride to the rescue

Even the harshest critics of the British Horseracing Board should be able to find little to complain about regarding the way in which racing's ruling body has coped with the cold snap, writes John Cobb. The board's willingness to restage important races and the addition of standby all- weather cards are welcome developments, as is the scheduling of extra jumps meetings, a move which was announced yesterday.

Cannock to try again

The Premier League leaders, Cannock, have an early opportunity to make up for last week's failure to beat Guildford before the National League heads for winter hibernation when they play the same side this weekend in one of four games postponed from 24 November.

Merger with Triplex Lloyd may net William Cook chief pounds 1.5m

The chairman and chief executive of William Cook stands to make up to pounds 1.5m if a hostile pounds 58m bid by Triplex Lloyd for the steel castings group succeeds.

Watch your step, it's a blue eyeliner day

No 156: BOOTS No 7

Virgin takes on Boots

Victory Corporation, a joint venture between Virgin and entrepreneurs Rory and Tim McCarthy, plans to shake up high-street cosmetics retailing with a 100-strong chain to challenge Boots, Body Shop and upmarket department stores.

Cliche one of 29 in Arc

Classic Cliche remains Frankie Dettori's possible Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe mount after yesterday's first forfeit stage in which the Ascot Gold Cup winner remained one of 29 left in Sunday's big race. Godolphin's racing manager, Simon Crisford, said: "Classic Cliche cantered this morning and was bright. He is scheduled to do some more work before we make up our minds."

Letter: All right Polly, I can take a hint

Sir: Polly Toynbee ("Where do all the New Men go?", 2 September) may well be right in her underlying thesis, adhered to by a great many women: men are worthless.
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