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  • Football fame
    Monday, 2 December 2002

    Anti-American? Us? Heck, no. We have nothing but admiration for the country that gave us life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, decent coffee, black-and-white thrillers from the 1940s and the architecture of Canary Wharf. Plus, while giving due rec...

  • Air travel is liberating, but we must pay the true price
    Monday, 2 December 2002

    Now is a good time to fly, despite – or, rather, because of – all the bad news. Paradoxically, our awareness of the terrorist threat makes air travel safer than ever. And, in a longer-term view, air travel has never been so cheap, and may never be so...

  • Charlie Courtauld: I can cut out the fags. I can cast out 'Big Brother'. But I can't stop the shakes
    Sunday, 1 December 2002

    Today, November is over, which may mean little to you, but it is a godsend to me. It means that my bet with my wife is over, and I can smugly light up cigarettes again. Perplexing as it may seem, giving up smoking – for a one-month period only – i...

  • Joanna Briscoe: The boomerang generation and me
    Sunday, 1 December 2002

    Schadenfreude is the spice of life, and it's always cheering to hear of other people's snivelling little screw-ups. It puts our own 3am yelps of recalled humiliation into perspective. Recent Cambridge-based research has proved that life is pants ...

  • Beatrix Campbell: People of Norfolk: say Aha-ha-ha!
    Sunday, 1 December 2002

    There's none so pious as city councillors in search of an identity and corporate voices in search of investment. They can't take a joke. Together they form a dour coalition against the culture crimes of wit, surprise and the amiable pleasures of s...

  • Andy McSmith: Flat on your back in a mixed ward, you see another side to the NHS
    Sunday, 1 December 2002

    Last Monday night, I experienced a mildly uncomfortable stabbing sensation in the lower left rib-cage. When I woke and found the pain was still with me, I thought I had better make a doctor's appointment to have it diagnosed. I did not anticipate...

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