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The Pope described abortion as part of modern ‘throwaway culture’ which has grown to encompass human beings themselves

Speedway: The dirt flies in the Forest

The Anniversary: Modern speedway racing was merely a babe in the woods 71 years ago

Travel: Australia - Deep purple and kind of blue

Changing light, gaping chasms, vast silent spaces... could Australia's MacDonnell mountains be heaven?

Firearms dealer linked to 130 crimes

A FORMER Special Constable with a penchant for Harley- Davidson motorbikes makes an unlikely quartermaster toone of the country's most prolific suppliers of illegal guns. Nevertheless, police have netted a key figure in the underworld of firearms dealing.

Corpse rides off into sunset

A DEVOTED son took his father on a last motorcycle ride through Copenhagen, bought him a drink and a cigar, and at the end of the three- hour spin delivered him to a police station in Frederikssund. Untouched by this exuberant display of filial love, the law charged Flemming Petersen with illicit handling of a corpse.

Inside business: Embrace the human touch

For all the homage paid to customer service, many organisations still fail to grasp what people really value. Roger Trapp reports

Heaven is on a Harley to Harlech

Always fancied yourself as a bit of an `Easy Rider'? Nerys Lloyd- Pierce takes a dream machine down the byways of Wales

The Saturday Essay: Disneyfication that impoverishes us all

America's global culture is not so much hostile as indifferent to democracy. Its goal is a global consumer society.

Disgraced peer rides out of jail on a Harley

IT WAS a passion for classic cars that precipitated Lord Brocket's downfall. So his decision to depart from prison yesterday astride a gleaming Harley-Davidson motorbike was equivalent to sticking two fingers up at authority.

Preview: silver polish metalanguage 2

"Metalanguage 2" is the misleadingly dull title of an exhibition which is set to dazzle visitors to the Barbican Centre. The ongoing "Inventing America" season has so far featured cultural phenomena as diverse as Cajun music and cookery and an exhibition of Harley Davidson motorbikes. This eclecticism continues unabated from today, with a show by leading American artists and metalsmiths Rachelle Thiewes and Harriete Estel Berman. Both women work primarily in silver - in common with the rest of the "Metalanguage" exhibitors - and use the material to express complementary concerns. Thiewes, from Minnesota, is concerned with bodily adornment, while Pennsylvania- born Berman uses customised domestic appliances to express ironically the place of women in American society (see right). In short it's a fine chance to catch sight of some shining lights of American art - metal gurus, if you like.

The Weasel:

Spotting the steaming ladle poised in her hand, I deemed it wise to avoid any criticism

GLOBAL MYTHS NO 6

Another story from the travellers' grapevine

Leader: Spare this woman of God, and spare everybody

Why do Americans have their doubts about executing Karla Faye Tucker by lethal injection at midnight tomorrow? Is it because she had been provoked beyond endurance by the man she killed, who used to park his Harley Davidson in her front room? No. Not even the fact that the motorbike leaked oil, making a terrible mess of the carpet, was grounds for pleading justifiable homicide. Even in America, where McDonald's can be sued for making its coffee hot and therefore dangerous when held between the knees while driving.

Essentials with Janet Knight: Harley-Davidson

The Time: now, until 26 April

I don't know much about art, but I know how to bike

While mainly associated with Hell's Angels, 'Easy Rider' and the endless open road, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle has also been a platform for wild creativity, as Serena Mackesy discovers at the Barbican.

Leather Forever!

Each year 200,000 motorcyclists invade the small town of Sturgis, South Dakota. As the Barbican prepares to celebrate 'The Art of the Harley', our reporter finds out what life is like among the bikers
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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