What a wonderful world

A walk through a desert inspired David Hamblin to create an American publication where all news is 'good' news. By Richard Kelly Heft

All dressed up for the movies

As a wave of costume dramas reaches the big screen, are we about to drown in good taste? John Lyttle asks if oldies are always goldies, while David Benedict provides a dinner-party primer for those who may have lost the plot

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Lies in the land of promise

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Obituary: Cecil Turner

Cecil Turner belonged to that small but influential group of publishers, such as Cecil Woolf and Peter Owen, who remain liberal and independent in a sphere increasingly dominated by the giant conglomerates. Publishing however came fairly late in a career in which he followed his instincts in various promotional roles.

Tories deride Blair's gurus

Tony Blair, his new Labour Party, and the gurus who guide him, are rootless people seeking to purge the essential Britishness of Britain, according to an "intellectual" onslaught delivered by the Tories today, writes Anthony Bevins.

Obituary: The Right Rev Ross Hook

In 1939, Ross Hook and Maurice Wood were the redoubtable second- row forwards in the rugger side at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. After ordination, they both went on to be RNVR chaplains, were both decorated on active service and both in due course became diocesan bishops.

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Medeva beefs up France and US with pounds 258m buy

Medeva, the pharmaceuticals group, yesterday announced a large expansion in the US and France with the $400m (pounds 258m) acquisition of rights to drugs and other assets from Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, the US-owned French drug company.

THE CLUES IN THE LIBRARY

Dorothy L Sayers left a mystery novel tantalisingly incomplete.

Tories took stolen cash from Nadir

Exclusive: Accountants' secret report reveals donations 'are the proceeds of fraud'

Chairman gutted by Gills exclusion

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Letter: Orwellian incident on the 8.33

Sir: The 8.33 service from Victoria to Dover Priory was held up at Rochester for a quarter of an hour this morning (30 April). It was a beautiful morning. The sun was shining. Not a hint of the wrong sort of snow, of heavier than usual rain, of craftily falling leaves, of hooligan elements aboard the train, of points failure, of malfunctioning carriage couplings, of industrial action, of fatalities on the line

Flogging a dead horse

Mary Reilly is not the first film to offer a new gloss on an old tale. But can it hope to tell us anything we don't already know? By John Lyttle

Getting to the heart of Thomas Hardy

faith & reason: Do we live in the brain? Do we feel in the heart? Andrew Brown follows up last week's investigation of the religious impulse with an inquiry into the relation between mind and body.
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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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