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  • Michael Harrison: The Post Office still commands great respect - but for how much longer?
    Tuesday, 29 January 2002

    When Allan Leighton, the former boss of Asda, stopped selling baked beans and decided instead to pursue a "plural" career, a part-time job running Britain's postal service was probably not top of his list. Mr Leighton, who reluctantly agreed to t...

  • Graham Welch: Everyone is musical, given the opportunity
    Tuesday, 29 January 2002

    I was driving through London's rush hour one morning listening to a BBC interview with a member of a team who reporting on a study of pitch perception in the journal Science. The authors' conclusion, based on experimental data from identical fema...

  • Ivan Massow: I defend my right to question the value of today's art
    Tuesday, 29 January 2002

    Internal linksMassow likely to be sacked as ICA chief after criticising art My fate as chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Arts will be decided at 6.30pm this evening by the Grandees of the ICA Council when they meet in the splendid, panelle...

  • D J Taylor: How to be the new JK Rowling
    Tuesday, 29 January 2002

    However much highbrow critics may carp, children's books are fast becoming the most fashionable genre in UK publishing. Last week alone, the top 10 fiction paperback bestseller list contained no fewer than seven titles by JRR Tolkien and JK Rowli...

  • The truth about anti-Semitism
    Tuesday, 29 January 2002

    It was Holocaust Day on Sunday. On Friday my daughters refused to let me watch the BBC TV drama about the 1942 Wannsee conference (the meeting which decided upon the industrialisation of the murder of Europe's Jews) because they wanted to see Fri...

  • No subsidy for the new air traffic control system
    Monday, 28 January 2002

    Internal links Flight delays likely in air traffic switch The launch of a new air traffic control centre has come at the worst possible time for the newly privatised company that runs British airspace. Although...

  • Toy story
    Monday, 28 January 2002

    Internal links Toy exhibitors all hoping to be this year's big craze The toy business is a difficult one to second-guess. Even toymakers themselves seem taken by surprise every year when one of their back-of-ca...

  • Frank Dobson: The last thing the NHS needs is another dose of the private sector
    Monday, 28 January 2002

    Internal linksDobson fears patients will suffer in NHS reforms "Just let us alone so we can get on with our jobs." That is the sensible response of most people in the NHS to the Government's latest proposals for another round of management reorgan...

  • Steven Rose: The concept of race is biologically meaningless
    Monday, 28 January 2002

    Discrimination and racism require real or imagined difference – from clothes and patterns of worship to skin colour and smell. But some differences are deemed important, others not, and what is important has differed at different times and in dif...

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