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Winston Churchill's ability to lift the spirits of the British people in times of adversity were neatly balanced with a sparkling line in withering put-downs

Books: A room with a view

In a garret over a synagogue lurk the ghosts of a vanished way of life. Dina Rabinovitch enters a strange time-capsule that holds the secrets of the old East End and its changing peoples

Hail the prophet of masculinism

With `The Whole Man', Dr Greer has returned to one of the most important issues of our time: men

Are you a breezer, a poser, a steamer or just a boozer?

THE LAGER lout has been replaced by seven distinct drinking types propping up the bars of Britain according to a survey.

Right of Reply; Marjorie Nicholson

The Director of the pro-smoking group FOREST answers David Aaronovitch' s attack on tobacco

Give me just one good reason why we should be nice to smokers

THE SMOKERS are back. The boss ones are slinking out of the set- aside "smoking-room" leper colonies and returning to their offices to puff, and it cannot be long before their nicotinous underlings - emboldened - follow suit. It is, once again, cool to inhale, and sad to complain. It won't be long before the statistics that have, for 20 years, shown a constant drop in the number of smokers in Britain begin to indicate a rise.

Hero Brown's Column

Oh how we laughed (in the second half anyway). Steve Coogan's new stand-up show, "The Man Who Thinks He's It", created quite a stir this week when it opened in the West End. Yours truly did her duty and went along for the opening night, along with a celebrity audience whose collective cashflow could sort out the entire Russian deficit. Plus change for bortsch all round.

Cries And Whispers: With all these egos, Oasis won't Be Here Now much longer

THIS COULD be a case for Mulder and Scully: there was a confirmed sighting this week of a Noel Gallagher recording with no guitars on it, no drums, and no chord-sequence that bears a resemblance to anything by the Beatles. The track is called "Teohuacan", and it can be found on the X-Files movie's soundtrack album, out this week. It's a ghostly, trip- hoppy instrumental (a sensible idea, considering Noel's lyrics), and in a way it's his most Beatle-ish recording to date, in that it shows he doesn't always take the movie's slogan, "Fight The Future", to heart. It's either a sign that Oasis's own future is much brighter and more fruitful than Be Here Now led us to believe, or it's a sign that Oasis's days are numbered. It's up to Noel to decide which.

Style: Terrace chic

In Liverpool there's this shop called Wade Smith. It is a one-stop shop for sporty casuals, and it satisfies their every need. Football stuff, designer clothes, trendy trainers, watches, jackets, jeans, hats, you name it, if it's got a logo - however discreet - it's available at Wade Smith. Liam Gallagher, or any other lad of his ilk (though not necessarily his income) shops there. One would expect there to be a plethora of such casual fashion shops in London. Weirdly there isn't. Football fans go to sports shops. Designer fans go to big department stores such as Dickens and Jones, Selfridges or Harvey Nichols, while trendy urban workwear types go to Duffer, Carhartt or Box Fresh for their carpenter pants and hooded sweat-tops.

Leading article: The problem with our wanton boys

SHAKESPEARE set the text for New Labour's social policy 400 years ago: "I wish there were no age between 10 and 23, because young men get wenches with child, upset the ancientry, stealing and fighting." That, precisely, is the problem identified by the Home Secretary last weekend. Boys and men of all classes are acting like the loutish heroes of the television comedy Men Behaving Badly, he said. "There's certainly something quite worrying about what is happening to a generation of men."

In the news - Liam Gallagher: Bad boy can't stop looking back in anger

ONCE AGAIN Oasis are in the headlines, and once again it is not for their music, but for their so-called "rock'n'roll behaviour".

BOX CLEVER: Famous-to-be?

Morwenna Banks is happy to own up to the fact that she's suffered from the "Who's she?" problem in the past. "I've been approached by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to do a series before," she says. "It would all be going really well, then suddenly they'd say, 'Ah well, you're actually not famous enough. We can't do it'."

No regrets as Oasis admit they stole tunes

Rock'n'roll bad boys Oasis have confessed to stealing some of their best tunes from other artists - and dared one of them, David Bowie, to sue.

Zips and toggles are us?

Style Counsel

Leading Stories: New images for the naff

The rebirth of Blue Nun is just the latest in a long list of attempts by companies to shake off an outdated image by undergoing a drastic make- over. Thanks to a successful relaunch, drinks such as Lucozade and Guinness, are now fashionable with the trendy and streetwise. The suede desert boot has also made a dramatic return: once worn by rebellious beatniks but more recently favoured by trainspotters, it is a cult accessory again after pop idols, including Liam Gallagher and the Spice Girls, were seen sporting them.

You're famous aren't you? Er, what was your name again?

Trevor Phillips On the art of fame
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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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