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  • Older dads are hardly glamorous but they go a long way
    Sunday, 6 January 2002

    So 50 is too old to be a father, is it? By what measure? Charlie Chaplin, Anthony Quinn and Saul Bellow all managed to sire children in their eighties. My own dad showed stamina in the field by fathering my oldest brother at the age of 54, and follow...

  • Enjoy it while it lasts
    Sunday, 6 January 2002

    The stores that were open all hours are closing down. The family-run Asian corner shops, the ones that we all rely on for that forgotten recipe essential, the extra pint of milk, or a last-minute birthday card, are disappearing. Second- generation, B...

  • Rod Liddle: Private lives are now public property
    Sunday, 6 January 2002

    We don't like our politicians very much. In the premier league of professionals against whom we have festering grievances, they're at the top, just above the lawyers and the journalists. It was not always like this. In the past we mistrusted them...

  • Roger Graef: Why moral panic won't help us get to grips with crime
    Sunday, 6 January 2002

    Fear eats the soul. In the short term it can produce extraordinary strength, impelling us to fight or flight. But it can also paralyse us. Fear of crime is particularly infectious. It can start locally and grow to terrorise a community – especially w...

  • Jonathan Meades: Which land is my land? This land is your land ... etc
    Sunday, 6 January 2002

    Look! There' s Great Yews and the gallops, I think. That's surely Homington which, as a tiny child, I called Somming – so my mother never ceased to tell me. And that tache, no larger than this fleck of ash, could that be the house beside the Ebble sh...

  • After this uneventful week, Mr Blair should come out fighting for the euro
    Saturday, 5 January 2002

    Internal linksBlair's euro policy 'shot to pieces' by his advisersLake District hotel declares a eurozone for benefit of guestsSingle currency means a single price, says BMWJohn Lichfield: Europe's lesson for Britain is, don't rush the referendum T...

  • Checking out
    Saturday, 5 January 2002

    The fabric of British life as we know it is under threat: the Asian corner-shop owner is in decline, ceaselessly buffeted by the supermarkets and increasingly abandoned by children attracted to higher professional callings than offering advice on lot...

  • John Lichfield: Europe's lesson for Britain: don't rush the referendum
    Saturday, 5 January 2002

    Internal linksBlair's euro policy 'shot to pieces' by his advisersLake District hotel declares a eurozone for benefit of guestsSingle currency means a single price, says BMWLeading article: After this uneventful week, Mr Blair should come out fightin...

  • Sue Arnold: Kids may be treasures but not without price
    Saturday, 5 January 2002

    A couple I know, admittedly not very well, told me they were moving house because they had run out of space for the children's shoes.I've been to their house. It's a huge five-storey Georgian terrace job within walking distance of Harrods, which ...

  • Piers Brendon: What the census can't tell us about the way we lived then
    Saturday, 5 January 2002

    The Edwardian past is another country, so remote from our own lives, so altered by the First World War and the horrors that succeeded it in the last century, that we need to make an imaginative leap to reach it. Perhaps the 1901 census information so...

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