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  • The beginning of the end for Zimbabwe's white citizens
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    It has been difficult to feel optimistic about Zimbabwe for some time. A nation that, for the first few years after independence, seemed to provide an example to the African continent of racial tolerance and economic progress has deteriorated over ...

  • The arbitrary nature of science yields astonishing and surprising results
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    There is a so-called "Eureka moment" in the film about the discovery of DNA, when the British scientists Francis Crick and James Watson realise that the structure of DNA must be a double helix: the sudden glint of realisation, the run up the stairs,...

  • Desperadoes
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    For those who already have the Eagles' Hotel California on vinyl, cassette tape and CD, the question now arises: would you like to hear all those old favourites in ever better quality sound than you have ever heard them before? And would the same ap...

  • America will brush aside our concerns and attack Saddam in the spring
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    All week the argument has raged, so I offer not opinion but instead some predictions. Always a risk, I know, but here's the first prediction. By this time next year a war will have been fought in Iraq, and, barring an extraordinary upset, we wil...

  • The joys of taking a holiday within a holiday
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    This is decadence, a holiday within a holiday, like leaving a play at the interval to go to the opera. If only... Officially we're in Scotland for six weeks in the house we've been building, and indeed are still building, on an island off the Argyll ...

  • Paul Vallely: Why we care so much about these two young girls
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    There has been a sad fascination in watching how the nation has responded to the case of the two missing Cambridgeshire schoolgirls this week. What has been striking is the variety of the responses. Local people have searched the fields. Parents acro...

  • Stan Hey: Stressed, bullied, always at breaking point: that's the writers not the actors
    Saturday, 10 August 2002

    If the soap opera industry is in trouble, don't waste sympathy on those actors who will get "written out" in violent circumstances to boost ratings. And don't fret about the producers who will get the "Friday night summons" from the head of drama, fo...

  • Earthly matters
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    Michael Meacher, the Environment Minister, declared yesterday that "the world is in a very serious state". According to some reports, much the same could have been said about Mr Meacher himself. He was, we believe, rather agitated about not seeing ...

  • A case that undermines confidence in the NHS and the medical profession
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    The case of the disgraced former gynaecologist Richard Neale is one of the more disturbing in the annals of medical incompetence. In July 2000 the General Medical Council found him guilty of ruining the lives of 13 women. He did operations without...

  • Fresh ideas and free entry have revived our museums
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    Surprise. Governments can do the right thing. And make a difference. By doing what almost the entire world of literacy and the arts, including this newspaper, asked for and making museum entry free, the Department for Media, Culture and Sport has ign...

  • Saddam Hussein: God protects Arabs and Muslims
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    Among the lessons gained from the history of mankind there is the fact that greed and arrogance combined lead the oppressor to do injustice not only to others but to himself as well, once this union of greed and arrogance has misled him into a sense ...

  • The dark clouds looming over our countryside
    Friday, 9 August 2002

    The days have been damp and dull for August, but if you know where to look, you can always pick out some bright spots in the gloom. Take the resurrection of Snowdonia hawkweed, for instance. It may sound like a character out of Harry Potter, but is i...

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