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The truth about sharks: Far from being 'killing machines', they have personalities, best friends and an exceptional capacity for learning

independent.co.uk — I was snorkelling far offshore when the bull shark appeared. Movement in the corner of my eye, then a silhouette 30 metres away, slipping through the turquoise haze on that late afternoon. He was fat, with a bright white belly and distinctive snub nose.

School playground evacuated over 'unusually aggressive' grey squirrel

independent.co.uk — The grey squirrel had earlier scratched a member of staff at the Chater Infants School in Watford, Hertfordshire, The Watford Observer reports. Teachers had to escort pupils out of the playground and back into the safety of the school building after the creature then proceeded to "disrupt" playtime.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @Independent: Primary school children forced to evacuate playground over an 'unusually aggressive' squirrel ind.pn/1FCiDOf pic.twitter.com/ekEHpLVeW9

Nov 28, 2014

RT @Independent: Primary school children forced to evacuate playground over an 'unusually aggressive' squirrel ind.pn/1FCiDOf pic.twitter.com/ekEHpLVeW9

Nov 28, 2014

RT @Independent: Primary school children forced to evacuate playground over an 'unusually aggressive' squirrel ind.pn/1FCiDOf pic.twitter.com/ekEHpLVeW9

Bargain Hunter: It isn't a deal breaker if you didn't have a retail spree on Black Friday

independent.co.uk — Don't worry if you didn't find any great deals on Black Friday; the offers will just keep on coming as retailers get even more desperate to sell in the run-up to Christmas.
Nov 29, 2014

Bargain Hunter: It isn't a deal breaker if you didn't have a retail spree on Black Friday independent.co.uk/money/spend-sa…

Simon Read: Did you take out a pension mortgage? They were sold as ideal but it looks like a lot of people might tell you otherwise

independent.co.uk — I asked last week for experiences of pension mortgages and many of you wrote in. The stories are instructive in helping me to build up a picture - one that is already looking quite alarming.
Nov 29, 2014

Did you take out a pension mortgage? They were sold as ideal but a lot of people might tell you otherwise independent.co.uk/money/mortgage…

Simon Read: Credit card companies are keeping you in debt with tricks like 0 per cent deals

independent.co.uk — Credit card companies have largely escaped the criticism heaped on the likes of payday lenders for fuelling Britain's debt problem. But they are just as culpable and predatory as the short-term lenders.
Nov 29, 2014

Credit card companies are keeping you in debt with tricks like 0 per cent deals independent.co.uk/money/loans-cr…

Simon Read: Beware of buying just because the retailer says it's a bargain

independent.co.uk — With Christmas approaching, shops have been getting themselves into something of a frenzy this week hoping to attract us all in to spend our hard-earned cash on things we probably can't afford.
Nov 29, 2014

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The 'crass insensitivity' of Tower’s luxury dinner for arms dealers, days after poppy display

independent.co.uk — Nearly 200 representatives of Britain's arms industry, along with senior Ministry of Defence officials and foreign defence attachés, attended the unpublicised London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) event on Tuesday night. The annual dinner, described by organisers as "acclaimed and influential" and a chance to "make new business connections", was co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defence company.
Nov 29, 2014

RT @branchenergy: The 'crass insensitivity' of Tower’s luxury dinner for arms dealers, days after poppy display ind.pn/1xWQhfu pic.twitter.com/F5vwNI3sLG

Nov 28, 2014

RT @Independent: The 'crass insensitivity' of Tower’s luxury dinner for arms dealers, days after poppy display ind.pn/1xWQhfu pic.twitter.com/5D96R6wgY4

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RT @Context__: Tower of London hosts luxury dinner for arms dealers days after the end of the poppy display!!! independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n…

Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

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David Cameron’s immigration speech: I broke my promise; this time will be different

independent.co.uk — This was a speech that tried and failed to bridge the gap between what politicians can do and what people expect of them. It was typical of David Cameron at his best. It was well written, carefully constructed and with a contradiction at its heart. "It boils down to one word," he said.
Nov 28, 2014

Cameron promised to "control" immigration; he failed; this time will be different, he says independent.co.uk/voices/comment… pic.twitter.com/mIUgDpS3v4

Nov 28, 2014

RT @JohnRentoul: David Cameron’s immigration speech: I broke my promise; this time will be different, I promise independent.co.uk/voices/comment… pic.twitter.com/mIUgDpS3v4

Nov 28, 2014

David Cameron’s immigration speech: I broke my promise; this time will be different, I promise independent.co.uk/voices/comment… pic.twitter.com/mIUgDpS3v4

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David Cameron’s big problem is that he has been listening to the wrong people

independent.co.uk — Much is riding on the Prime Minister's immigration speech. It might be a bridge too far for our partners in Europe; it could disappoint the very people it was meant to impress and lead to further spikes for Ukip in the polls. David Cameron's problem is that he has been listening to the wrong people.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @JohnRentoul: "The country craves the leadership of a statesman": Alan Johnson, mocking us @independent independent.co.uk/voices/comment… pic.twitter.com/aMCdkIOd5Z

Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

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If you think all working-class culture is represented by flag-waving, then you’re the snooty one

independent.co.uk — To the offences which daily proliferate in our thin-skinned society - offences of vocabulary and attitude: tonal, postcode, de haut en bas offences - can now be added showing insufficient respect to people who park white vans in their drives and drape their houses with the Cross of St George.
Nov 28, 2014

"We need leaders..who can think their own thoughts, not ventriloquise the people’s": Howard Jacobson @Independent independent.co.uk/voices/comment…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @IndyVoices: If you think all working-class culture is represented by flag-waving, you’re the snooty one ind.pn/1FBvujN pic.twitter.com/ZiMMqHq51s

Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke beats opponent 33 years his junior in exhibition boxing match

independent.co.uk — In his first fight in 20 years he defeated fellow American Elliot Seymour, 29, in the second round when the referee stopped the fight. Rourke, 62, fought the exhibition match in Moscow, where the crowd chanted 'Misha' in his honour, and plans to take part in a further four bouts in Russia.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @Independent: Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke has beaten an opponent 33 years his junior in a boxing match ind.pn/1zFvco3 pic.twitter.com/hJWXyPw50U

Dozens killed in suspected Boko Haram bombing and shooting attack on mosque

independent.co.uk — Worshipers had gathered at a mosque in Kano for Friday prayers when bombs exploded and attackers opened fire on the crowd. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but it bears all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which has targeted the city in the past.
Nov 28, 2014

Dozens are believed to have died in a bombing and shooting attack on a Nigerian mosque - Boko Haram suspected ind.pn/1rzNVmk

SLEAZE: The list

independent.co.uk — 'My Hon friend denies interpret- ation of remarks allegedly made by him' Who was involved: Alan Clark, MP for Plymouth Sutton (until 1992) and Minister for Defence Procurement. What happened: John Major had been Prime Minister for only three days when he found himself struggling with his first scandal.
Nov 28, 2014

I forgot "minister of fun" Mellor resigned after taking one month holiday in Marbella from daughter of PLO figure independent.co.uk/life-style/sle…

Jamie Roberts column: We’re learning fast against the best - that’s been Warren Gatland’s plan

independent.co.uk — If you have a poor game as a player, people are on your backs and that's no different if the results go against you as a coach. But I think this autumn is a testament to him as a man.
Nov 29, 2014

Latest Jamie Roberts column on why Gatland's the right man to take Wales forward on the eve of the Springboks clash - independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/ru…

Black Friday UK: Best Vines of the mayhem as shoppers fight for discounts

independent.co.uk — Several supermarkets had to be closed because of overcrowding in the early hours of this morning and at least two people have been arrested so far. Police were called to three Tesco stores and an Asda in London after reports of confrontations in heated queues and Tesco branches in Cardiff and Belfast also reportedly saw scraps.

Buy from Amazon and Apple and it’s you that ends up owned

independent.co.uk — Readers of Nick Hornby's debut novel High Fidelity will remember that much of it takes place in a record shop on Holloway Road called Championship Vinyl. Not surprisingly, Hollywood deemed Holloway a postcode too far when it adapted the 1995 book. The studio installed John Cusack and his music-buff sidekick in a sunny gaff in Chicago.
Nov 28, 2014

Good by Boyd Tonkin on e-books & e-music, but he misses point about digital legal gibberish: driven by war vs piracy independent.co.uk/voices/comment…

Cameron's speech was an attempt to kill immigration as an election issue

independent.co.uk — Their hopes had been raised by recent headlines suggesting the Prime Minister would propose a cap or quota on EU migration to Britain. These reports were encouraged by some Cabinet ministers and Downing Street, before it belatedly tried to apply an emergency brake to the speculation.
Nov 28, 2014

Cameron's speech was an attempt to kill immigration as an election issue – Andrew Grice @Independent independent.co.uk/voices/comment…

Nov 28, 2014

I have seen this happen. RT @Independent Teenagers’ brains shut down when their parents are talking to them bit.ly/1FCaf1m

Black Friday UK: 'Police have better things to do than breaking up fights over TVs' - police chief

independent.co.uk — Shoppers were filmed fighting over bargains at supermarkets across the country and one woman was injured by a falling television. Several supermarkets had to be shut in the early hours of this morning as police were called in to control crowds who had been queuing for hours to get the best bargains.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @Independent: 'We have better things to do than breaking up fights over TVs' - says police chief ind.pn/1226m7P pic.twitter.com/Pg3cY09VrX

Nov 28, 2014

Apparently, police have better things to do than break up people fighting over TVs in Tesco...who knew? ind.pn/1zCWT0P #BlackFriday