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  • Tim Connell: Languages are good for the economy
    Friday, 23 August 2002

    Although the British do not have a good reputation as linguists, we are not as monoglot as it might seem. Foreign companies are coming to Britain in increasing numbers, and while this is partly because of factors such as the time zone, it is also...

  • It may be a holiday paradise to you, but to the locals it's a place of torture
    Friday, 23 August 2002

    The man sitting next to me on the back seat of the Tunis to Hammamet minibus fished inside his shabby jacket and produced an ultrasound picture of his son's left testicle. He and the boy, who sat on the other side exhausted and in discomfort, had jus...

  • Great and good
    Thursday, 22 August 2002

    Internal linksThe great 'Britons', from pop stars and footballers to a satanist However fashionable it might be to disdain the fashion for lists, we love them. People love them. (The surviving fragments of the ancient script Linear B turned out to ...

  • This futile debate about bringing back hanging
    Thursday, 22 August 2002

    It is a sign of the times, and an encouraging one, that so much of the renewed debate about the restoration of the death penalty seems fatuous. That is not just because of the incoherence of so many of the proponents of hanging, although that has cer...

  • Once again, we are becoming the language dunces of Europe
    Thursday, 22 August 2002

    The news today of a drop in the number of candidates taking French and German GCSEs is alarming enough in itself. However, as the Association for Language Learning – the group that represents all language teachers – points out, this year's fall could...

  • Mr Blair's most loyal supporters can stop him going to war in Iraq
    Thursday, 22 August 2002

    The theory of cabinet government has been a staple of every university degree course on British politics for successive generations of students. In its purest form, the principle rests upon the assumption that the Prime Minister is merely first a...

  • Marthinus van Schalkwyk: Tourism should be everybody's business
    Thursday, 22 August 2002

    For decades we have pursued tourism in the single-minded belief that our most important goals are tied to numbers and increasing market share. These form only one segment of the real tourism tapestry. We can no longer afford the assumption that the ...

  • Afghanistan is no place to be sent home
    Thursday, 22 August 2002

    Our government has just offered to pay a few hundred pounds to any Afghan who came to Britain in the past few years but who is now prepared to get on a plane and get back home. For those who are ready to make the trip, that will be welcome news. Inde...

  • Anthony Daniels: A drastic remedy: get rid of all the general practitioners
    Thursday, 22 August 2002

    Recently in my hospital I've been struck by the number of patients, newly arrived in the area, who say they have been unable to register with a general practitioner. They are not the kind of patients with whom, alas, we are all too familiar: the pati...

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From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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