I'm in the Ardèche for a holiday with family and assorted friends. I haven't worn shoes for 10 days and am growing a beard that is turning out to be unnervingly grey. All is good … well almost all.
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Tuesday 16 June 2009
Monday 13 April 2009
Thursday 31 July 2008
It's a bit of a stressful day in the House of Saddam. George W has just announced that armageddon will be unleashed in 48 hours, one of Saddam's wives is rushing about the place with an assault rifle trying to get the children organised and Saddam himself is saying goodbye to Uday and Qusay, both of them chips off the bloodstained old block. And then the BBC's historical soap opera – The Sopranos with Scud missiles – flashes back to a happier time in the tyrant's life. It is 1979 and Saddam – incorrigible old multi-tasker that he is – has decided to have two parties in one. As his daughter celebrates her seventh birthday, Saddam takes the Ba'ath leader aside and makes him an offer he can't refuse: "Retire now and nominate me as your successor." Colleagues who dissent from this unexpected turn of events are introduced to the terminally mind-changing properties of a .45 bullet, in several cases delivered by ministers eager to show their support for the new president.
Sunday 27 January 2008
This special feature is a celebration of everywhere that's not here. Perhaps you'll use it as a practical guide for plotting your escape or an idle click-through of fantasy destinations (not to put too fine a point on it, travel porn) but either way, we hope you enjoy this guide to the new types of modern holiday.
Wednesday 13 September 2006
West Ham have received another boost less than two weeks after the signing of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano by securing the services of midfielder Yossi Benayoun for the next five years.
Thursday 08 June 2006
Sunday 05 February 2006
Monday 21 November 2005
Monday 12 September 2005
Wednesday 10 August 2005
Monday 27 June 2005
Friday 24 June 2005
Saturday 18 June 2005
Tuesday 31 May 2005
Wednesday 06 October 2004
Donald Rumsfeld's admission that there is no "hard evidence" that Saddam Hussein's regime was in league with al-Qa'ida, will have surprised no one who took the trouble to read the report produced by the US 9/11 commission in July. The commission concluded that there was no operational link between the Iraqi president and Osama bin Laden, despite the Bush administration's repeated insinuations to that effect. Mr Rumsfeld's hasty efforts to backtrack, by citing past CIA reports positing a Saddam-Bin Laden link, hardly convinced.
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