Saddam Hussein: God protects Arabs and Muslims

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'Tis the season of strangers on the sofa

AT ABOUT six o'clock yesterday morning I went into the sitting room with a tray and a dustbin to clear up after the previous night's Christmas party and found a young man asleep on the sofa. It's a small sofa and he was a large young man. To accommodate this relative disparity he had curled himself up into an untidy ball, knees tucked into his chest, feet still wearing shoes sprawled over my velvet cushions. For reasons known only to himself he had taken his socks off and placed them carefully on the tapestry stool beside him next to an overflowing ashtray and a wine glass half full of shepherd's pie. I vaguely remember someone telling me we had run out of plates.

All I want is a dustbin to call my own

`I had to pick my way through Puy lentils and woodcock carcasses to reach my doorstep'

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ARTIST CHARLOTTE Hodes spent three months last summer at Spode in Stoke-on-Trent, painting and printing plates (above) with a collage of her own spirited images and others taken from the factory's pattern books and copper-plate transfers. Bold and colourful.

Letter: Right old junk

Right old junk

Poetic Licence: Counting Sheep

Culture Secretary Chris Smith has waded in on the side of One Man And His Dog fans. The row over the BBC's decision to axe the programme after 23 years looks set to escalate this week, after Mr Smith spoke out in support of the programme on Radio Four's Any Questions.
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