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The letter comes ahead of military exercises between the US and South Korea that the North sees as provocative

Serb pressure on Montenegro

Serb pressure on Montenegro

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The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine

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THE CAMBRIDGE Boat Race crew was rewarded for its winning efforts on Saturday with a huge silver Quaich presented by the sponsors.

Books: Under Oswald's wing

Memoir of a Fascist Childhood by Trevor Grundy Arrow pounds 6.99

Marston denounces Wolves

Marston denounces Wolves

Leading Article: The Government's risky gap between rhetoric and reality

THE "LINE in the sand" is one of the great malapropisms of contemporary British politics. John Major was forever trying to "draw a line under" his troubles only to have another lorry-load of ordure tipped over him. But he and his spinners sometimes got their Gulf war metaphors confused and said he was drawing a line in the sand - which hardly gave the intended impression of finality.

Letter: Tired old rhetoric, Lord Irvine

LORD IRVINE's claim of independence for the judiciary is not the least of the empty points he makes (Letters, 29 November) but it is the most deeply ironic, coming from a judge who is a member of the Cabinet.

Science: Pinpoint the panic button

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New solution to an old problem

HUMAN BEINGS have always sought chemical help to ease the awkwardness of encountering other people. Alcohol is the most widely used social lubricant and centuries of experience have proved its value as the indispensable party ingredient.

Letter: The ethics of arms sales

Sir: Your leading article "Arms and the rhetoric of ethics" (26 May) spends half a column failing to point out the obvious truth that the only ethical policy on selling arms is not to do it at all. Attempts to be just a little bit ethical - like attempts to be just a little bit pregnant - are always doomed to failure, as Robin Cook's well-meaning contortions demonstrate.

Letter: Empty rhetoric

THE phrase "You'll have had your tea" does not come from Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as Irvine Welsh claims ("Choose theatre, get ecstatic", 16 February). The phrase is an old and well-known piece of Edinburgh irony.

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