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Libel case victory Science writer Simon Singh wins landmark free speech battle
WORLD NEWS P15
Russia reels after bombings Fears of a new terrorist campaign after more than 50 are killed
Plenty of spirit Olivia Williams on starring in Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost’
Rio Tinto men found guilty Four former executives are convicted of bribery in China
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There were two winners of Wednesday’s £2.6m jackpot but no one won Saturday’s £4.2m prize
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By Ben Leach THE Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, used his Easter sermon on Sunday to criticise the “wooden-headed silliness” of bureaucrats who stopped employees from wearing religious symbols.
Dr Williams said Christians often faced a “strange mixture of contempt and fear” in the workplace. However, he urged believers to keep a sense of
Dr Rowan Williams urged Christians to keep a sense of perspective in the face of opposition from society perspective in the face of opposition and “think about the larger picture”.
Addressing the congregation at Canterbury Cathedral, the Anglican leader said: “With a bit of a sigh, we read about yet another legal wrangle over the right to wear a cross in public while engaged in professional duties; one more small but significant mark of what many Christians feel is a sustained effort to discriminate against them and render their faith invisible and impotent in the public sphere.
“One more mark of the curious contemporary belief that Christians are both too unimportant for their convictions to be worth bothering with, and too dangerous for them to be allowed to manifest those convictions.”
His comments came after the case of Shirley Chaplin, a Christian nurse, who refused to remove a necklace bearing a crucifix, saying it would “violate her faith”.
She is claiming discrimination against the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust at an employment tribunal.
“Now it is quite likely that this latest folly, like others, is less a sign of deep antiChristian feeling, as such, than the result of woodenheaded bureaucratic silliness combined with a wellmeaning and completely misplaced anxiety about giving offence to nonChristians,” Dr Williams said.
“But, while the legal issues are being fought over and the exact scope of religious freedom in the terms of human rights legislation is debated, we might step back a pace or two and think about the larger picture.”
He warned against using “overheated language” and said there were many places, including Nigeria, Iraq and Sudan, where persecution of Christians was real.
Last month, Nadia Eweida lost her appeal against a ruling that British Airways did not discriminate against her by banning her from visibly wearing a cross at work.
In his annual address, Dr Williams steered clear of commenting on the sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the Roman Catholic Church.
Last Saturday, he incensed Irish Catholics by saying their Church had “lost all credibility” over the abuse revelations, for which he later apologised, admitting his “deep sorrow and regret” over his earlier comments.
The sun smiles as purple reigns
The sun shone on Windsor just as the Queen left the Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel Weather and travel, page 7
Catholic archbishops across Europe used their Easter messages to deliver a series of apologies in which they admitted the Church’s “guilt” and “shame” over the scandal.
In Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady admitted his responsibility for taking part in the culture of cover-up.
However, at the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI did not mention the scandal. It was left to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of
Cardinals, to defend the Pope against the “petty gossip of the moment”.
In an unusually direct intervention in the Easter Sunday Mass before the Pope’s Urbi et Orbi message, Cardinal Sodano told the pontiff: “The people of God are with you and do not allow themselves to be impressed by the petty gossip of the moment.”
His dismissive choice of words caused upset among some sex abuse victims.
Continued from page 1 normally at this time of year.” A spokesman for the British Retail Consortium said: “With the election coming up there is a lot of uncertainty around, both political and economic, concerning who is going to form the next government and what it is going to mean for taxes and jobs. Retailers recognise this cautiousness and are responding with an array of discounts and promotions.”
Despite like-for-like retail sales increasing 2.2 per cent in February after a 0.7 per cent fall in January, the trade group was concerned about the next few months.
According to Andy Garbutt, a retail director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the period from now until after the election would be “very tough” for retailers.
“The election is a good reason for shoppers to defer ‘big ticket’ purchases,” he said.
Some offers intended to persuade consumers to spend included: ŠA Navman s505d satnav down from £299.99 to £129.99 at Halfords. ŠA Miss Dior Cherie Prestige fragrance box set reduced from £125 to £74.99 at Debenhams. ŠA Kenwood Multi Pro
FP586 food processor reduced from £119.99 to £49.99 at Currys. ŠA Samsung S5560 pay-asyou-go touch-screen mobile phone down from £299.95 to £99.95 at the Carphone Warehouse. ŠWhole legs of lamb and beef discounted by 50 per cent to £4.49 per kilo at Sainsbury’s.
Adam Leyland, the editor of the trade magazine The Grocer, said uncertainty centred on further increases in VAT and NI contributions as well as the wider resilience of the economic recovery.
Retailers hope the price cuts will lead to a spike in sales as consumers are hit with rising living costs.
Figures last week showed that the amount that Britons saved as a proportion of disposable income dropped to 7 per cent in the fourth quarter last year.
ING Direct said typical households had savings that would leave them “illequipped” to deal with future pressures on their incomes.
A recent survey for Asda found that the cost of living was shoppers’ main election concern.
Consumers have been hit by rising fuel bills after the cold winter and higher motoring costs. telegraph.co.uk/expat
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April 7 - 13 2010
Doctor Who BBC One
DOCTOR WHO is a peculiarly British institution, and the appointment of a new Doctor has lead to a peculiarly British kind of kerfuffle.
The climax of 18 months of speculation as to who might be Who, followed by a thermonuclear BBC marketing campaign, came last Saturday, and – Radiophonic Workshop drumroll please – it was pretty darned good.
The plot was predictably delirious. There was a crack in a wall that turned out to be – wouldn’t you just know it – a crack in the very fibre of the universe. A prisoner had escaped from another galaxy to Earth, and the alien race who had lost their captive reasoned that the best way to nullify the threat was to incinerate our world in its entirety. What happened next largely eluded me, but the upshot was that 30 minutes into the programme there were 20
minutes until the end of the world. But frankly, the end of the world was small beer compared with the real story here – the establishment of Matt Smith, the most famous newly famous man in the world, as the new Doctor.
And Gallifrey be thanked, Smith is a man who could have been born with a stripy scarf round his neck. It’s there in his physiognomy – his face is made up of as many disparate workings as the Tardis. He has a redoubtable cartoon chin offset by a hyperactive quiff, deep-set eyes and an almost Neanderthal brow.
Essentially, the Doctor is meant to be a mad alien, and Smith looks like one before he even opens his mouth. By the end of episode one he was bedizened in a suitably daft public-school geographyteacher ensemble of bow tie and tweed jacket. It was ridiculous but it felt right: mad, alien, brand new but very old. A+ to the casting director. A+ to Smith.
Karen Gillan, as his sidekick Amy Pond, was a fine foil. The role of the companion in
Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor Who, every inch a 1930s Oxbridge intellectual in tweeds and bow tie, and Karen Gillan as his assistant. There is a palpable sexual crackle between the pair. Below: the Doctor’s timeless time machine, the Tardis
Doctor Who is not a million miles away from that of the viewer. Be scared, but essentially trust the Doctor and enjoy the ride. Gillan, to use the X Factor argot, 110 per cent nailed it. Ballsy, bewildered, aghast and simultaneously delighted, she let the sisterhood down only by gambolling around in a skirt the size of a placemat. For everything else, A+ again.
Looking carefully for a nit to pick (if only to stand steadfast against the hype) there was one: this is still high-concept drama done on a comparative shoestring, and at times it showed.
In a post-Avatar world, or even in a post-Who Framed Roger Rabbit? world, BBC budgets and the special effects they can pay for are never quite going to cut it. Thus, the squirming alien escapee, which was meant to look like the alien from Alien, bore a closer resemblance to a soiled draught excluder. But as with any great writer, Steven Moffat (who, lest we forget, returned from working with Steven
Spielberg on Tintin to take up the reins on Who) turned a weakness into a strength.
The draught excluder had the ability to assume human form and generally, it did. People who look normal with the merest hint of total insanity are way more scary than out-and-out CGI ghouls. So as long as the tone is right and the jeopardy apparent, the less CGI the better.
Amid all the harum scarum there was even time for some emotional heft. The episode began with a seven-year-old Amelia Pond meeting a man unlike any other who promised he’d be back in five minutes. She packed her bag and waited.
And waited and waited. It took him all of 14 years, by which time Amelia had become Amy and was working as a strippogram. Trust, love, adventure and hopes dashed, all neatly summarised by a shot of a little girl sitting on a suitcase waiting for a police box to crash-land in her garden once again.
That wasn’t the only stirring scene. In an audacious piece of scripting, towards the end Doctor Eleven found himself standing eyeball to eyeball with the forces of total destruction. His response was to summon up the spirit of resistance in the form of the faces of Doctors One to Ten, Hartnell to Troughton to Tennant. It was a magnificent coup, reminding you of the entire legacy of the series and then passing that legacy on to Matt Smith.
And it served a purpose both in last Saturday’s episode and for future plot lines, too: any aliens thinking about having a pop at humankind were reminded that Earth has at least one defender. If they would like to see what he can do they should refer to BBC One on Saturdays.
Benji Wilson telegraph.co.uk/expat
By Stephen Adams and Jacquelin Magnay FIRST London stole the 2012 Olympics from under Paris’s nose; now, it seems, the capital is stealing the concept of her Eiffel Tower as well.
For the Olympic Park is to get a mini-Eiffel Tower, albeit a rather twisted one, at the behest of Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.
At almost 400ft high, and resembling a giant ampersand of coiled metal, the Olympic tower will be somewhat shy of Paris’s 1,063ft landmark, but taller than the Statue of Liberty and the Big Ben clock tower.
The folly is the brainchild of Anish Kapoor, the artist who recently staged a sell-out exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.
It has already been nicknamed the Hubble Bubble, or The Rollercoaster. One visitor noted “it looks like ET in chains”. But its official name will be the ArcelorMittal Orbit after the billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, who is donating 1,400 tons of steel for the project.
Mr Johnson helped choose the winning design from 50 submissions, after putting out a brief that he wanted a tower that was at least 100m (328ft) high to attract tourists to the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. He said of the winner: “He has taken the idea of a tower, and transformed it into a piece of modern British art.”
More than 700 people an hour will be able to take lifts to the top of the structure and then walk down the staircase when it opens to the public. Kapoor said: “It is an investigation into space, that is what it is.”
Cecil Balmond, the deputy chairman of Arup, the engineering firm that worked with Kapoor on the concept, said: “We wanted to see if we could create a structure that seemed unstable, seemed to be propping itself up.”
The tower is budgeted to cost £19.1million, with £16million covered by Mr Mittal and the remaining £3.1million by the Greater London Authority. It is expected to generate about £5million in revenue.
‘One advantage – from up here you can’t see the
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