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Wednesday 09 January 2013
Rhetoric about benefit "scroungers" and "skivers" used by the Conservatives will be toned down after a backlash from their own ministers and MPs, who fear the attacks could revive the Tories' image as "the nasty party".
Sunday 06 January 2013
The Church has opened its doors to gay - but celibate - bishops
Saturday 05 January 2013
The trip wasn't about celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I wasn't even sure what Cinco de Mayo was. Few people in south-western Ontario, the industrial heartland of Canada, did. All I knew for sure was that it was both American and Mexican, which seemed like an odd combination, interesting but potentially volatile.
Sunday 30 December 2012
I never know what I'm going to do on New Year's Eve. That is, I can take a very vague guess: what I presume I will do is lie around for most of the day, then go somewhere, get drunk, wonder what all the fuss was about and go to sleep fully clothed round my friend's house.
Friday 28 December 2012
Fancy upgrading your interiors? Brave the cold – and the other shoppers – and you could find your dream sale item. Trish Lorenz explains how
Thursday 27 December 2012
The Conservatives’ new tactic is a betrayal of all that Cameron stood for when he became leader
Wednesday 26 December 2012
At the tail end of Christmas Day many of you, like me, will have found yourself reflecting on life’s big questions.
Friday 21 December 2012
Our pick of the best on the box this festive season
Tuesday 11 December 2012
As a single girl myself I know that all too often singles can be pitied because they’re on their own at Christmas. Even that sentence, ‘on their own’, sounds wrong. They’re not on their own, they’re just not in a relationship at that particular time. Besides, why should being single at Christmas be so miserable? It’s a great time of year whatever your age, whatever you relationship status.
With its deep, plump pillows and jet-black cover, you'd never guess that the Fizz Foam Fold out costs less than £200. Even less so, when you see it fold out, which it does with unusual ease, and turn into a comfy occasional bed." title="
Fizz Foam Fold Out, £189.99
With its deep, plump pillows and jet-black cover, you'd never guess that the Fizz Foam Fold out costs less than £200. Even less so, when you see it fold out, which it does with unusual ease, and turn into a comfy occasional bed." width="80" height="60" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/the-10-best-sofa-beds-8382232.html';" class="" />
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Got the relatives coming to stay this Christmas? Put them up in style with one of these stylish (and comfy) couches
Tuesday 27 November 2012
With the much-publicised trouncing of The X Factor in the ratings by Strictly Come Dancing, the rivalry between ITV and BBC is as healthy as ever. But have the networks called a Christmas truce?
Sunday 25 November 2012
I very nearly ordered a veal's head in Paris last weekend. I couldn't help it – I've been conditioned by so many trendy new London openings into thinking that eating out should be an experience akin to going to a theme park, with the point of ordering like the slow ascent up the initial climb, and the presentation of the dishes that heady, brief pause before you whoosh into the om-nom-nomming of stuffing your face, as if your mouth were bagged open on the descent by G-force.
Explorers Club, Franschhoek
An hour’s drive from Cape Town leads to the vineyards of Franschhoek. Here, adventurer and antiques collector Jo Sinfield has designed a group of stylish self-catering rentals dotted throughout the town. The main one is Explorers Club which sleeps six adults and four children in a mixture of doubles and bunks. It has vintage maps on the walls, recycled furniture and subtle African accents throughout. Three other properties – The Library, Cook’s Cottage and The Map Room – are available for smaller groups.
Explorers Club, 18 Wilhelmina Street, Franschhoek (00 27 72 464 1240; explorersclub.co.za). Nightly rental R5,900 (£415). Sleeps 10." width="80" height="60" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/the-big-six-south-african-villas-8344631.html';" class="" />
Friday 23 November 2012
From the Explorers Club in Franschhoek to Wilderness Haven in the wild coastal town that is known as a top whale-watching spot...
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
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Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
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BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
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