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  • Peter York: I'll be the one with huge gypsy earrings sitting next to Lionel Blair
    Sunday, 2 June 2002

    From today lunchtime I'm going to be with Lionel Blair in Sloane Square. No, stop messing about. We'll be right in the square, where normally there's just the flower-seller and the lavs and the taxi rank. Lionel and I will be available in booths,...

  • Football is so much more than just a game
    Saturday, 1 June 2002

    Football, as even the least interested will have observed, is more than a game. It is a billion-dollar business; but it is also more than a business. It is a vehicle for (mostly) benign nationalisms that not only heal internal divisions within nati...

  • Fewer exams would mean fewer misprints in the question papers. Discuss
    Saturday, 1 June 2002

    Even examiners make mistakes. Some errors in exam papers are inevitable, but one of the main contributory factors is the sharp increase in the number of papers. Edexcel, one of the three national boards, will set 10 million papers this year, more tha...

  • Who says you're never too old to be a father?
    Saturday, 1 June 2002

    Fifty-seven is nothing. A friend of mine has just become a father at 72. So if Ken Livingston, beleaguered mayor of London, is worrying about the wear and tear on his nerves, his sleep and his general help with a new baby expected in December, h...

  • A lament for my uncle, the voice of those ground down by church and state
    Saturday, 1 June 2002

    Just west of Tarbert I caught the smell of turf smoke and I felt the tears welling up. Turf smoke, the smell of the past. I was in a daze, jet-lagged and sad, watching the bogland rolling west towards the Atlantic, small farms and little village...

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