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  • London needs to forget the Olympics and look after itself
    Monday, 23 December 2002

    Weighing the pros and cons of a British bid for the 2012 Olympics will give members of the Cabinet something meaty to chew on in addition to their seasonal turkey. The decision is due to be taken soon after Parliament returns from the Christmas reces...

  • Our generous readers
    Monday, 23 December 2002

    You still have until 1pm today to enter your bid in The Independent's special charity auction. Even before the bidding closes, though, it is clear that the enterprise has been a resounding success – thanks to you, our readers. Announcing an auction ...

  • Deborah Ross: Santa in cyberspace
    Monday, 23 December 2002

    Dear children everywhere (plus, of course, all those who are somewhere else), Welcome! I am Father Christmas. I am good and kind-hearted and thoughtful and all that, so if you've ever tried to contact me and I haven't replied, it's only because I...

  • Rowan Williams: We can reach out beyond the market
    Monday, 23 December 2002

    The great revolt against traditional authority in the 17th and 18th centuries was a necessary moment, because tradition was understood as the way in which the past dominated the present. But what about the person who is now able to inhabit a trad...

  • Our Man in Paris: Christmas abroad
    Monday, 23 December 2002

    In Charles Dickens's story, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge leans out of his window on Chistmas morning and asks a loitering boy to purchase a turkey from the window of the local butcher's shop. Imagine trying that in London on Christmas Day ...

  • In the humble sprout, there is a lesson for us all
    Monday, 23 December 2002

    There was a celebrity chef on telly recently who pronounced that the best thing you could do with cucumber was peel it, slice it finely and then throw it in the bin. The salad vegetable, he was suggesting, is simply not fit for human consumption. The...

  • 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...

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