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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.

One survey gives Newt Gingrich a one point advantage over Mitt Romney in the Mississippi primary

Gingrich on the brink, with Romney poised to pull away in Deep South

In one of the closest fought Republican primaries to date, the polls can't split the main candidates

The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse, London
The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lyric Hammersmith, London

Two very funny Shakespeares and an 18th-century romp join the wave of comedies rolling across the British stage

Romney strolls to victory in Florida primary

Advertising campaign attacking Gingrich pays off for Republican frontrunner

Matthew Norman: Obama has nothing to fear from this freakshow

The GOP is putting on a Tea Party-backed, smash hit revival of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

The Art of Fielding, By Chad Harbach

It's a very good swing, just not quite knocked out of the park

Mitt Romney celebrates with his wife Ann and sons after winning by just an eight-point margin

Santorum's surge makes it a hollow victory for Romney

Frontrunner wins by just eight votes, while Michele Bachmann quits race after dismal showing

Mitt Romney leads Iowa by less than a nose

Mitt Romney was clinging to a perilously thin lead yesterday in Iowa, which kicks off the Republican nominating process with caucus voting tomorrow, but possibly only by virtue of the conservatives in the state dividing over which of his rivals they would rather see challenge President Barack Obama.

Enter stage right: now Ron Paul takes the lead

As Romney falters, the latest frontrunner in the Republican nomination saga is the most extreme
Nick Clegg: The deputy PM's name probably received a spike of search queries last April in wake of the first televised pre-general election debates

Nick Clegg pledges Lords reform

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today reaffirmed his determination to press ahead with reform of the House of Lords over the coming year.

Twosome: Martine and Louise Fokkens, stars of a new documentary

Siblings who put the sex in 'sexagenarian'

A documentary about two 69-year-old sisters has scandalised Holland. It's because they're prostitutes, says Geoffrey Macnab

Falling Sideways, By Thomas E Kennedy

White-collar workers bemoan the constraints of corporate life, but find solace in its abstract rhythms. When Freud speculated about the death drive, he argued that repetitive actions mask the desire to return to an inanimate state. Perhaps this explains our attachment to office routine – except that the inactivity of compulsory redundancy makes employees recoil in alarm.

Lars von Trier complained that Charlotte Gainsbourg's tears were 'not real' in his recent film Melancholia, according to the actress

DJ Taylor: Sixties liberalism is back, and fighting fit

The old buzz phrases 'moral responsibility' and 'personal duty' are being revived by the Occupy protesters

Letter from the editor: The joys of a full English breakfast

It remains difficult to write about anything but the riots, which may be the result of my being away while they were taking place — but at least it saves you from my holiday stories.

Leading article: Liberalism has improved Britain – its defenders must speak up

When David Cameron spoke of "pockets of our society that are not only broken, but frankly sick", in his first response to the recent rioting, he was saying no more than would have been expected from a Conservative prime minister in such circumstances.

Howard Jacobson: They may be criminals, but we're the ones who have created them

That form of looting known as corporate larceny continues to rage unchecked

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
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Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Harry Kane interview

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The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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