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Hague refuses to drop 10-year euro embargo

William Hague yesterday slap-ped down a call from Lord Howe, the former Deputy Prime Minister, that he should drop his 10-year Tory embargo on a European single currency.

TV: Watching The Detectives

Any new TV detective becomes the subject of an amusing parlour game for viewers: Spot the Quirk. John Nettles, who for 11 years and more than 90 episodes played Sergeant Jim Bergerac and has now been promoted to Chief Inspector in ITV's solid new cop show, Midsomer Murders, knows all about this game. "It's like birdwatching for ornithologists," he jokes. "`Whooo, there it is, he's got the car or the drink problem'."

Books: A delectable literary pursuit

Christopher Hawtree picks over a store of allusions; A Gentleman Publisher's Commonplace Book by John G Murray, John Murray, pounds 9.95

Radio: Where 'love' is a dirty word

Today's Agenda: supermarket, dentist, sex ... Sorry? Ah. You guessed. Yes, I'm pretending to be a real Nineties woman. According to Sex Lives (R5), we should copulate efficiently, variously and frequently - fitting sex into our rigorous schedule along with money-management and childcare.

Mean streets and dodgy arias

Michele Roberts salutes the master of new-wave thrillers, Michael Dibdin, whose latest Aurelio Zen mystery mixes operatic romance with a gritty Neapolian setting

Dowager amongst the Victorian clutter

HOTEL DE PARIS, Norfolk

You'll just die to see this show

'Dial M for Murder' is back. Will the producers make a killing? David Benedict weighs up the evidence

That elusive, smart and affordable hotel is only just around the corner - if you know where to look

There is no reason why we cannot find beautiful places to stay and eat without causing a financial haemorrhage but usually such places are kept closely guarded secrets. Overheard snippets can be very rewarding. When travelling, I've found that simply by listening to the right conversations you can pick up ideas that open up a world of exquisite houses, tiny hotels and unique restaurants: places that are affordable, where you don't have to make do with darting into grand hotel lobbies in a nervous hunt for rich folks' loos.

The labours of Hercule

David Suchet, sans moustache, talks sleuthing with James Rampton

Adrian Mole guides boys into books

CLARE GARNER

Strong medicine

The phenomenon of Trainspotting is gathering pace: the book is now a West End play and will soon be a film. Can you stomach it? By Jim White

Party on Parnassus

John Walsh discovers who's in and who's out at the literary gathering of the century; The Reader's Companion to Twentieth-Century Writers ed. Peter Parker Fourth Estate, pounds 25

how to read handwriting

Its beginnings were modest - just a bunch of 19th-century French psychologists messing about, trying to forge a link between the squiggles and strokes that go to make up a piece of handwriting, and the personality and behaviour-traits of the individual who wrote it.

LETTER : Wales: a challenge for misfits for malcontents A Welsh cornerstone

I AGREE entirely with Joan Smith that John Redwood was a wholly unconvincing potential Prime Minister (the same could be said for the man who beat him), but I am baffled by her way of clinching the argument: "the Welsh Secretary for God's sake" (" 'Apocalypse Now' comes to Miss Marple country", 9 July).

Leading Article: Major Major: an example to us all

JUST say no. One veto and suddenly the sun shines and your backbenchers are cheering. Lord Tebbit and Baroness Thatcher purr. The Prince of Wales and his elongated anguishes command all other attention. A good week, at last, for John Major.
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own