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The Australian author of this lively collection of essays about language is an amiable guide to his subject. "Amiable" is, however, a stiff adjective to use when describing Julian Burnside, QC, who praises HW Fowler, author of A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926), and Samuel Johnson for allowing their personalities to colour their writings about words. He mocks philologists for their dryness, dismisses "cherished superstitions" that remain popular with conservative querulists and describes an attempt to ban the use of "mate" from the Australian parliament in appropriately matey style.

Inventing the Individual by Larry Siedentop, book review: An engrossing book of ideas that redefines liberalism as a 'child of Christianity'

Towards the end of this illuminating book, Larry Siedentop describes a fourteenth century battle between two Christian monastic orders. The Dominicans and the Franciscans were mendicant orders, begging monks who had abandoned the comforts of the cloisters to preach among the poor.

Marine Le Pen believes her party and Ukip share a common set of values

France's Marine Le Pen wants her far-right party to join forces with Ukip and destroy 'European Soviet Union'

But Ukip leader Nigel Farage says the suggestion of an alliance was a non-starter

A glasnost moment? Unlikely. The Chinese remember what happened to the Soviets

Could this be the moment when China demonstrates its ability to shake off bad old habits and embrace new ways?

Silk Road 2.0: new owner aims to 'double the achievements' of the first site

Anonymous services such as Tor and Bitcoin are being used once more to hide the identity of the site's customers, with 'extra security' promised

Erna Solberg (left), leader of the Conservative Party, and Progress Party leader Siv Jensen after signing the coalition agreement

Anti-immigrant party gains power after Norway drifts to the right

Progress Party in government for first time since 1973 in Conservative coalition

Why all the fuss over the V&A's 3D-printed gun? It's a symbol - not a threat

The 'Liberator' 3D printed-gun has caused a furore in the press, but it's less dangerous than home-made pistols made from a metal pipe and nail

Leading the home: Leading Light, ridden by Joseph O’Brien for his father, Aidan, keeps the field comfortably at bay as he wins the St Leger at Doncaster

Leading Light sets shining example

Jockey O’Brien rides the perfect race to bring his father a fourth St Leger triumph – a year late

Times Up, left, ridden by Ryan Moore, wins the Speedy Services Doncaster Cup, at Doncaster yesterday

Gosden’s Knowledge faces St Leger exam

Trainer seeks fourth winner in the Classic in seven years but Talent could upset favourite

David Attenborough on large families: A wolf in safari clothing?

This week the TV naturalist sounded a population warning, announcing "Things are going to get worse" if we have large families

Crisford: 'Secret Number is a nearly horse, he doesn't quite manage to win on the big occasion. I'd be surprised if he was good enough'

Crisford wears Cap for St Leger value

Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford has offered Cap O’Rushes as the best-value option of the trio bidding to land his team a sixth St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.

Authenticity and artifice militate against each other in Lottie Moggach’s novel

Book review: Kiss Me First, By Lottie Moggach

You can log-off any time you  like, but can you ever leave?

Sarah Palin, pictured here in 2011

Page 3 Profile: Sarah Palin, hockey mom

Oh no, what now?

Trading in gold: Kevin Manning salutes his valuable Irish Derby triumph

Going hell for Leather brings handsome reward for Jim Bolger's home-bred colt

After a Derby nightmare for Jim Bolger, a Derby dream. Last night at the Curragh, the 6-1 chance Trading Leather put to bed the memory of his stablemate Dawn Approach’s awful last place at Epsom with a convincing victory in Ireland’s premier Classic.

Ruler Of The World, in the winner’s enclosure at Epsom, seeks a Derby follow-up in the Curragh today

Ruler Of The World has power to crush Libertarian again

No less than any other walk of life, it is pretty rare in racing for anyone to profess indignation when credited with a stroke of genius. Such was the case at Epsom last month, however, when Aidan O’Brien and his patrons at Coolmore maintained a scrupulous show of bemusement about a theory that their horses had collectively undermined the prospects of the hot favourite, Dawn Approach, by setting an unexpectedly slow pace in the Investec Derby.

Wise Dan aims to scale fresh heights in weighting game

Unbeaten as he is, for now the Derby winner is arguably not even the most accomplished thoroughbred who happens to have an engagement on Saturday. For a few hours after Ruler Of The World attempts to extend his Epsom supremacy on to home soil, in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, an outstanding American champion sets a fresh challenge to such parochial perspectives as may have been re-inforced by the failure of Animal Kingdom at Royal Ascot last week.

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