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My Life In Travel: Chris Patten

'One hotel in Pristina had clearly been built for the politburo'

Matthew Norman: Beware of the Bangalore Express

It is the deepest instinct of those marooned in the darkest of dark days to search for the light at the end of the tunnel, and with help from The New York Times's Maureen Dowd, I believe I may just have found it.

We are the champions: the new chancellors

Queen's guitarist Brian May epitomises the kind of chancellor being appointed to universities today – hip, anti-establishment and in touch with students. Lucy Hodges looks at how an ancient role has changed

What Next? Surviving the 21st Century, by Chris Patten

In every fat book, there is thin book struggling to get out. Chris Patten has written his longest book so far: 500 pages of observation, wisdom, and a great deal of history about world affairs. Already, events are moving on. Since Patten finished this work, America has indulged in the biggest wave of nationalisation of finance capital seen since Lenin. Meanwhile, Russia reverts to being a 19th-century imperial power, sending much bigger warships than gunboats as well as 20,000 men, 2,000 tanks and its air force to punish the foolish mistake of the president of a faraway country, Georgia, of which most knew little until August this year.

Steve Richards: The clash between Gordon Brown and his MPs was never quite what it seemed

I have to pinch myself. Gordon Brown is forced to make concessions so that some of the poorest do not lose out from his own plans. This is the same Gordon Brown who spent much of his time as Chancellor agonising over how to do more for the poor while despairing of his neighbour next door on the grounds that he was indifferent to the issue.

Kevin Sinclair: Hong Kong journalist and writer

Kevin Sinclair was probably the best known working hack (his own, preferred description) in the former British colony of Hong Kong. Bibulous, splenetic and formidably energetic, he was born in New Zealand but spent more than 40 years in Hong Kong working for The Star, The Hong Kong Standard and, most of all, for The South China Morning Post where his regular column was still appearing until shortly before his death.

Owen hits the ground running in first session

Sven Goran Eriksson's belief that Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen will require the No 9 and No 10 jerseys he has allocated to them for the World Cup took a small step towards validation yesterday when, just as the England coach had hoped, the Newcastle United forward completed the squad's first training session here on the Algarve.

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Maxim Gorky's extraordinary play Enemies has been described as "the missing link between Chekhov and the Russian revolution". It was written in 1906 (a couple of years after The Cherry Orchard) while the author was in political exile. The action is set on the estate of Zakhar Bardin, a liberal-minded landowner who, unlike Chekhov's feckless Gaevs, has moved with the times by becoming co-owner of a factory.

Public school `yobs deter bright pupils from applying to Oxford', says Patten

PUBLIC SCHOOL "yobs" at Oxford are deterring bright pupils at comprehensive schools from applying to the university, its chancellor Chris Patten warned last night.

Chris Patten: 'UKIP lives in a fantasy world of Dambusters, Panzers and conspiracies against Blighty'

The Monday Interview: European commissioner for external relations

Fears rise of return to nationalism as Serbia votes in presidential elections

Serbia goes to the polls tomorrow in the second round of crucial presidential elections.

Does Britain deserve to be so arrogant?

Not only were they better educated than their British counterparts, but they were prepared to work for less money

Patten hits back at Straw over EU 'odd bods' jibe

A jibe by Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, about the calibre and self-importance of European Union diplomats provoked a protest yesterday from Chris Patten, the European commissioner for external relations, who dismissed the comments as "ridiculous".

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