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  • Catherine Pepinster: From towers to gherkins
    Sunday, 8 December 2002

    I'm not known for my fondness for football; I can just about identify David Beckham when he pops up in adverts for Marks & Sparks. The last footballer before him to register was probably George Best. But even I feel regret as Wembley's twin t...

  • Steve Jelbert: Nice one Liam! Bravo Charlotte! Where would pop be without you?
    Sunday, 8 December 2002

    Last week saw a tragic loss for the nation. Many great British cultural icons have fallen in battles fought on the Continent and now, alongside Lord Byron and Saki, we can add two more – Liam Gallagher's front teeth. The Oasis frontman's latest r...

  • Alastair Campbell: The cynicism that is corroding faith in democracy
    Saturday, 7 December 2002

    Twenty-odd years ago, when I started out as a trainee journalist, the media largely meant newspapers plus three terrestrial television channels. Now we have five terrestrial channels and 24-hour news coverage on CNN, BBC and ITN. Sky News is also ...

  • America is not gung-ho. It is a nation in fear, resigned to the coming war
    Saturday, 7 December 2002

    Mr Shen from Guangxi drove me in from the airport. He was an enthusiastic man. Thirty years in America and still it thrilled him to cut across the lanes on Interstate 308, chuckling if another car honked its horn, and asking me if I realised how...

  • It takes time and energy to be alternative
    Saturday, 7 December 2002

    Conmen and wacky friends are not, thank heavens, the exclusive property of the Prime Minister's wife. Sit me next to a conman rather than a lawyer any day and preferably the genius who sold that unwitting American London Bridge instead of Tower ...

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