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  • Blackboard blues
    Thursday, 10 January 2002

    Today, prompted by the unveiling of new high-tech classrooms "where laptops will replace blackboards", we launch the first of an occasional series aimed at senior readers, in which we look back fondly at almost-vanished and half-forgotten features of...

  • Jill Jacobs: We've gone back to bad manners and insults
    Thursday, 10 January 2002

    Maybe it's because my sister has stopped asking me to open her "suspicious- looking" mail or maybe it's been the announcement that studio executives felt the time was right for next month's release of the new Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller...

  • Mark Seddon: Down in the valleys is a machine that snuffs out signs of political life
    Thursday, 10 January 2002

    "Ogmore? Where is Ogmore?" asked the young BBC researcher. What lies beyond Offa's Dyke may have been something of a mystery to her, but a by-election is shortly to take place in one of Labour's safest seats in South Wales.Here are some of the spicy ...

  • Sine McDougall: It is child's play to get a head start at school
    Thursday, 10 January 2002

    Teachers often notice that when children enter school some are more ready to learn basic skills than others. The aim of the Tandem Project is to help parents prepare their children for learning in school. The Tandem Project is an 18-month early-inter...

  • Natasha Walter: Stop laughing. Start getting angry
    Thursday, 10 January 2002

    If you're reading The Independent, I'd guess that you're not a truly dedicated royal-watcher. You are, therefore, likely to have missed the increasingly frenzied revelations in the rest of the press about the loves, lives and hates of our first fami...

  • Michael Williams: It's true. I ate dog and I liked it (all four courses)
    Wednesday, 9 January 2002

    First, let's get my nasty little confession out of the way. Because I have done something that many would regard as abominable. You see, I have eaten dog. Not by accident, you understand, nor was I stranded on polar ice and forced to eat husky, ...

  • DJ Taylor: Kate Winslet doesn't need to read Iris Murdoch to be her
    Wednesday, 9 January 2002

    For some reason – let us be charitable and put it down to administrative error – I wasn't among the happy crowd of literary folk invited to last month's preview of Iris, Richard Eyre's forthcoming biopic of the late Dame Iris Murdoch. Thankfully,...

  • Oliver Letwin: Get tough on the real causes of crime: criminals
    Wednesday, 9 January 2002

    " Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" – with these words, Tony Blair moved Labour ahead on the issue of law and order. It was, perhaps, the single most effective sound bite of recent times. And yet those nine words sum up much that is w...

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