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Second Iraq inquiry date for Tony Blair

Tony Blair is to make his second appearance before the Iraq Inquiry on Friday January 21, it was announced today.

Book Of A Lifetime: The Interpretation of Cultures, By Clifford Geertz

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"That night she cradled me in her arms and soothed me; told me what I needed to be told; strengthened me ... On that night of 12 May 1994 I needed that love [she] gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength. I was an animal following my instinct ... "

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