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  • We may disagree with the US, but we share the same goals
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    Yes, it is a heavy-booted parading of America's virtues. Many Europeans will feel patronised by the stage-managing of President Bush's trip to France, with all the subtlety of a Hollywood script, to take in a Normandy cemetery where 10,000 US soldi...

  • Don't blame Mr Byers for our national confusion over transport policies
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    It is time to come to the defence of Stephen Byers, who is being unfairly pilloried for the collapse of the bag of wind which was Labour's transport policy. It was a bag inflated not by him, but by John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister.It is not...

  • Tourist trap
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    The trouble with tourism is that there are just so few really unspoilt places to go these days. Try to follow, Bilbo Baggins-like, the path that leads from your front door to the remotest places and you are likely to find that somebody from Nebraska ...

  • Our Man in Paris: Sexual education in the French style
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    Our eldest child, Charles, has been in a French school for five years. On his first day, when he was nearly seven, he was mortified to receive a welcoming kiss from his teacher. As if that were not embarrassment enough, he had to wear a smock, wh...

  • Ben Pollard: Cameroon gets computers and we get to play football
    Monday, 27 May 2002

    In Britain, Cameroon is best known for its football or perhaps I should say footballers, particularly as the national side, the Indomitable Lions, are current champions of Africa. Now, although football does play a small part in our project, obviousl...

  • Stuart Lipton: We're on our way to Wembley, and our knees have gone all trembly
    Sunday, 26 May 2002

    The Wembley fiasco – how tired and angry I have become about that phrase. Eighteen months after hosting its last match, the old stadium drifts forlornly into decay while construction work on the new National Stadium seems destined to be delayed f...

  • Yvonne Roberts: Let women fight and die
    Sunday, 26 May 2002

    It is difficult to imagine what possible "hygiene" risk is imposed by wearing a sleeveless top in a military canteen – third degree soup burns? Flesh wounds inflicted by a flying chip butty? On the other hand, if the person wearing the sleeveless...

  • Jonathan Meades: Bribery? Pah! The real curse of corruption lies in friendship
    Sunday, 26 May 2002

    What is the etiquette attaching to bribery? How does the tiro get to know the form? Are the parochial and the national levels of bung planting qualitatively different? Or is the only disparity the question of what constitutes a big drink? How well do...

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