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  • Pageantry, pomp and two institutions dressed up to the nines but some way past their best
    Thursday, 14 November 2002

    The state opening of Parliament is more than just a treat for tourists and David Dimbleby. Its pageantry and tradition, its absurd rituals and archaic office-holders, its antiquated costumes and, above all, the central role of the monarch herself ...

  • Tim Luckhurst: Listen to a Scot: longer drinking hours don't help
    Thursday, 14 November 2002

    One imagines that Her Majesty is rarely troubled by licensing laws. When she fancies a bracing gin and Dubonnet at two o'clock in the morning, the biggest problem must be to find a butler to serve it who is not absorbed in erotic adventures with...

  • Andrew Grice: How public unease has led to a growing sense of insecurity in New Labour
    Thursday, 14 November 2002

    When the Cabinet met last Friday for a session without civil servants, Tony Blair and his ministers were warned that the biggest danger to the Government was "a general sense of insecurity" among voters.The gloomy message in Labour's private polli...

  • One more cup of coffee, one more starving family
    Thursday, 14 November 2002

    When we hear tales from Ethiopia about an eight-year-old child waiting to die, a mother without milk, a father without hope, something seems to rip in the fabric of our comfortable lives. That is a poor image, but you know what I am trying to express...

  • Yes, but what does a dirty bomb look like?
    Wednesday, 13 November 2002

    The Prime Minister's speech to the Lord Mayor's Banquet on Monday, important though it was, was actually just a statement of the bleeding obvious. "Barely a day goes by," said Mr Blair, "without some new piece of intelligence coming via our secu...

  • Gavyn Arthur: London's dire transport threatens the City's future
    Wednesday, 13 November 2002

    The City has a global reputation as a good place to do business, with the highest standard of transparency and integrity. But we face regulation at the European Union level. It is the aim of the European Commission to create a single capital mark...

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From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

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John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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