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  • One-hit wonder
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    Googlewhacking. It is the latest sport. There is a particular difficulty with explaining it, however, which is that it uses Google. Many people who use the internet know that this is a search engine that is good at finding reliable information. Th...

  • This week Mr Blunkett is a liberal, and he is right about prison reform
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    Internal linksThis week Mr Blunkett is a liberal, and he is right about prison reformBlunkett unveils hostels plan to cut jail numbers Our oxymoronic Home Secretary, the liberal authoritarian, continues to puzzle. Before Christmas, David Blunkett s...

  • Gibraltar's people ought to accept this sensible deal
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    The ferocity with which many Gibraltarians will denounce the deal expected to be announced today between Britain and Spain to share sovereignty over the Rock may be a moment of catharsis. It reflects the understandable feeling of betrayal shared by m...

  • Kate Saunders: The bride had everything save her family
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    Outwardly, the marriage of Holland's Crown Prince Willem-Alexander to the Argentinian Maxima Zorreguieta was a royal wedding by numbers.All over Europe, royal blokes took their morning suits and musical-comedy uniforms out of mothballs, and their...

  • Michael Howard: The dangers of America's growing unilateralism
    Monday, 4 February 2002

    I begin this lecture by being self-referential or, rather, by referring to a lecture that I gave three months ago at the Royal United Services Institute. In that lecture I expressed doubts about the efficacy of bombing as an instrument in "the war ag...

  • Jonathan Meades: The death of a chancer
    Sunday, 3 February 2002

    Life, according to the poet Frost (that's Sir David, not Robert) is something called "a theme of opportunity". Not, perhaps the most elegant epithet, and one that might have been lifted from a self-help book written by a motivational guru – but I...

  • Lauren Booth: Should Cherie do a Tony and appear on Graham Norton? I don't think so
    Sunday, 3 February 2002

    There goes Kate Moss, shimmying across our peripheral vision again, looking at once both louche and immaculate. Kate drives me mad: it's hard to rationalise the irritation that rises in my craw about a stranger who seems happy to snub me from the...

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