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Sometimes, I have fretted that my younger colleagues on this newspaper are too "left-leaning" for their own good. But then I have told myself that it is just a phase, like acne (dread word!), through which youngsters must pass, and that all will be well in the end.

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Only a few days left to the referendum on devolution in Scotland and, at all the fashionable meeting places north of the border, the big question is: are you a "yes yes" or a "yes no"? In other words, do you want a Scottish parliament with or without tax-raising powers? At least that's what we hear down here. But Bunhill knows different.

Wigless in Washington, Mo wows them all

The verdict from the usually staid Washington establishment on their British visitor was unanimous: "Wow! Wow! Wow!" - and other words to that effect. The recipient of the compliment was not Hugh Grant, nor yet Princess Diana, but the slightly dishevelled, ever so slightly bumbling Northern Ireland Secretary, Mo Mowlam.

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Letter: Oasis dwarfed by Beatlemania

Sir: According to Andrew Mueller, "the deification of the Beatles has been largely retrospective" ("A Liam isn't just for Christmas", 20 December) and "no other band has been more universally adored by their own country during their existence than Oasis".

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Magnificent Father mine, that pony does not come

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Wigs, corsets and kings

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Sizzling wigs: Letter

Sir: Now that The Independent boasts a tabloid section, can we expect an increased interest in the sexual preferences of public figures? Your headline "Senior judges turn on Major" (9 October) was a nasty shock.

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He was - briefly - fab in the Sixties with the moaning, groaning "This Wheel's on Fire". It later rolled back behind the faux Vogue credits of Absolutely Fabulous. The 1968 hit for Brian Auger's Trinity piles on the irony - recalling images of cheesecloth, incense, afro wigs and all the other Sixties' paraphernalia cluttering up Patsy and Edina's lives. Very retro, very knowing, very funny.

words: Horseplay

"A fair degree of horseplay" was Judge Alistair McCallum's description of the goings-on at a West Yorkshire police station where a chauvinistic policeman from Moorbottom, Cleckheaton, had fondled a couple of WPCs. It was the sort of remark we have learnt to expect from otherwise sensible men when they put on the long wig. You can imagine the young McCallum in his roaring Oxford days, galumphing down the Giler to put a chamber- pot on top of the Martyrs' Memorial (otherwise known as the Maggers' Memaggers). That would have been horseplay; and it's 30 years' march from the police canteen. A quaintish word, best heard spoken, it seems to me, from the depths of leather armchairs.
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