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Saturday 17 March 2007
Friends who have just finished building a garden in Berrylands, Surrey, are now looking forward to planting. The garden, an exercise in paring down and simplicity, has box and yew stalwarts accentuating the structured minimalism; they are looking for a semi-ordered jumble of grasses, perennials and bulbs to provide some seasonal interest. When my list of suggestions included pampas grass, there were sniggers all round. I started defending this much-maligned South American grass, but the more I tried to justify its inclusion, the louder the laughter until, virtually unable to speak with mirth, they told me that pampas grass carried certain overtones … Call me naïve, but it's the first time I've heard that pampas is generally accepted as a signal for extra marital activities, namely wife-swapping.
Monday 07 November 2005
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Monday 24 January 2005
Saturday 08 January 2005
Friday 01 October 2004
Arsenal did little to quell the perennial debate as to whether or not they will succeed in Europe following their disappointing draw with Rosenborg on Wednesday night.
Sunday 08 August 2004
They've descended from the mountains now, from altitude training at Silvretta, high in the Alps, to speed work at their base camp on Lake Aiguebelette in France. Their heads are no longer in the clouds. Metaphorically, they never were. Matthew Pinsent and his crew have always been realistic about what lay ahead. They knew gold exploration would never be more daunting.
Saturday 07 August 2004
Saturday 04 December 1999
Sunday 28 November 1999
Saturday 25 September 1999
Sunday 19 September 1999
Sunday 05 September 1999
The Sitter's Tale: From the Scottish National Portrait Gallery: the film-maker has become a character in one of Steven Campbell's stories
Sunday 29 August 1999
Sunday 22 August 1999
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
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Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire