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The country was the breakaway Republic of Biafra, which seceded from Nigeria in 1967, in response to the continuing persecution of the Igbo people.

Tuesday Book: The indiscreet charm of the bureaucracy

The Power Behind the Prime Minister: the hidden influence of number ten by Dennis Kavanagh and Anthony Sheldon (HarperCollins, pounds 19.99)

Great, Bobby, but just act your age

HURRAH FOR Bobby Robson. You've done it for us, Bob; now show them how to do it. When they shout "On me 'ead" I want you to shout "In me 'ead" - because that is where you keep your real strength and power and wisdom.

Books: The private eye on public life

`My Friend Christopher': lines in celebration of the poet and polemicist who mixes `gravity and waggery'.

Words: Pragmatic

THIS YEAR'S A-level results had the traditionalists wagging their wise old heads again. Overall pass rates were up, so overall standards must be down, they said. Well, they have been saying that for some years now. But they could be right in a way, because it seems that more candidates this year went for the "easier" subjects where there might be less chance of their shortcomings (say, in spelling and grammar) being noticed.

Omagh Remembers: Harold Wilson's `short' Irish operation now 30 years old

IT WAS SUPPOSED to be a short operation to restore order in Northern Ireland. It wasn't.

RUC warns of march trouble Firebombs feared at march

THE RUC warned that today's Apprentice Boy parade in Londonderry could descend into widespread violence after it emerged that hard-line republicans were plotting to carry out a wave of firebomb attacks. With Bogside nationalists banned from demonstrating in the flashpoint Diamond area of the city centre, police chiefs claimed extremists were stockpiling petrol bombs as part of a wider scheme of orchestrated violent disorder.

PMs and their deputies: a partnership that rarely works

IN THEORY, a prime minister and his deputy work in tandem to ensure the smooth running of day-to-day government. In practice, the partnership is often fraught with tension.

Football: United's Cup snub signals slow demise of tradition

THE ISSUE of whether Manchester United should have been encouraged to abandon the FA Cup in favour of a tournament thought crucial to England's bid for the 2006 World Cup finals moves each according to his or her nature.

Benn retires to spend more time with his politics

TONY BENN, the veteran left-winger, former Cabinet minister and assiduous diarist announced yesterday that he would stand down as an MP after nearly half a century in Parliament.

New Director-General: Lineage stretching back to Reith

Lord Reith 1922-1938

Blair told to boost voters in heartlands

TONY BLAIR has been warned by Cabinet colleagues that the Government must take urgent action to boost its appeal in its traditional heartlands.

On Location: My mate Jimmy

I COULD never stop being astonished at meeting famous people. Last year I interviewed Jimmy Hill, and it was a battle not to shout "Christ almighty, you're Jimmy bloody Hill, off the telly, who everyone takes the piss out of. Someone take a picture or my mates will never believe me".

We make no apologies for our tough benefits regime

We will keep people's minds on what they could do with their lives other than claiming benefit

Labour ministers got stolen money

TWO LABOUR ministers re-ceived "soft" loans of money stolen from a Tory peer by Lord Goodman, one of Harold Wilson's closest advisers.

The great and not-so-Goodman

BARON GOODMAN of Westminster was known as the greatest negotiator of his age, mediating between individuals, trades unions and governments. The veteran MP Tam Dalyell once described him as "the most resourceful man in public life". He was also, however, a thief, stealing about pounds 1m - about pounds 10m at today's value - from Viscount Portman, a family friend and a staunch Conservative.
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam