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  • Tom Butler: King Herod, oil, and Saddam's power games
    Tuesday, 24 December 2002

    Christmas 2002 has an apt icon in Pieter Bruegel's paintingThe Adoration of the Magi. In the centre of the picture, the holy child receives homage from sumptuously attired kings. In the small patch of sky at the top of the painting, the spears an...

  • Rowan Williams on the Meanings of Christmas: When subtle strategists miss the obvious, then the innocent die
    Tuesday, 24 December 2002

    It was late in life that the mother of Constantine the Great discovered the new faith of Christianity, in Evelyn Waugh's 1950 eponymous novel Helena. She set off to the Holy Land to anchor her new belief in the physical facts of history and geogra...

  • Stanley Wells: The sexual reality of Shakespearian drama
    Tuesday, 24 December 2002

    In Coriolanus, Aufidius says to Coriolanus: "Let me twine mine arms about that body... I clip the anvil of my sword, and do contest/ As hotly and as noble with thy love/ As ever in ambitious strength I did contend against thy valour... that I see...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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