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Saturday, 21 December 2002

  • Matthew Taylor: Bah to humbug! This year I'm determined to enjoy myself
    Sunday, 22 December 2002

    Years ago, the novelist and semiologist Umberto Eco wrote a brilliant essay about the film Casablanca. What gave the movie its particular appeal, he argued, was not its plot or characterisation but the way in which it successfully exploited so m...

  • Catherine Pepinster: On this Dirty Sunday, why not get out the Hoover and clean up your act
    Sunday, 22 December 2002

    I had a sense of impending doom last week when I got home, realised the cleaner hadn't turned up, and phoned her on her mobile. It was the unmistakable sound of a phone ringing in a foreign country. Abroad. Miles and miles away from my vacuum cleaner...

  • While shepherds watch
    Saturday, 21 December 2002

    In the nick of time, a modern parable for Christmas. Ideally, these things are best set in the Holy Land, and this one comes from France, but it does have pedigree. There, high in the Alps, a shepherd has killed a wolf that he said had been killing h...

  • There are welcome signs in Harare of an end to Mugabe's tyranny
    Saturday, 21 December 2002

    My friend in Harare sounded at the end of his tether. In the past week the fuel queues have started to snake along city streets and meat stocks have been vanishing from supermarket shelves. The agony that was until now confined to the countryside is...

  • Don't tell me that thin isn't a feminist issue
    Saturday, 21 December 2002

    Women are going straight. It's official. After months, years of painstaking research, physiologists in Vienna have come up with incontrovertible proof that the female torso is becoming more androgynous. Or, to put it another way, less like an egg-tim...

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