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Sunday, 11 November 2007

  • Leading article: Cause for excitement, hope - and also caution
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    Such research has great significance. Scientists have successfully cloned several types of animals over the past decade, ranging from sheep to dogs. But before now it had never been done successfully with primates. Scientists will be eager to study D...

  • Leading article: Renew the Military Covenant - in full
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    This is an important warning to Gordon Brown. Lord Guthrie is one of the patrons of the UK National Defence Association launched last week. Formed to campaign for higher defence spending, the association is part of a growing movement demanding that t...

  • Max Hastings: To today's soldier, war is every bit as bad as the Somme
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    One of the curiosities of war, and our attitudes to it, is that in each conflict norms of experience, and perhaps also of soldiers' tolerance of it, prove to be different. Objectively, it might be said that the action which caused that Welsh lance co...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: When leaders lie, children die
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    Not this tide. "When d'you think that he'll come back?" Not with this wind blowing, and this tide... Nothing Rudyard Kipling ever wrote was more moving than the poem that begins with these lines, and whose title, "My Boy Jack", is borrowe...

  • A British Soldier: You can't go into battle equipped with pride alone
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    Fusilier Gentle, of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, was just a month into his tour of Iraq. He died because the electronic counter-measures (ECM) which would have jammed the signal that activated the bomb that killed him was lying on the shelf of a log...

  • Letters: Farming subsidies
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    At a time when farmers are being urged to compete on the world market, taking almost half the subsidy away from the biggest amounts to a penalty on efficiency. It acts as a disincentive to farmers who want to grow their businesses. It would also make...

  • Leading article: Phoney democratic overtures
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    The mask fell last week. The detention of opposition political leaders, Supreme Court judges, activists and lawyers have exposed the true nature of President Musharraf's regime. These are not the actions of a leader concerned with securing the countr...

  • Steve Connor: Technical barriers to human cloning can evaporate overnight
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    The technology of somatic cell nuclear transfer – cloning of an adult – is difficult. In 1996, it took 277 attempts to create Dolly the sheep, and the success rate is still far too low to make it as simple as, say, in-vitro fertilisation. Primates –...

  • Boyd Tonkin: The scribblings of dreamers are catharsis, not crime
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    True, the legal core of the prosecution's case lay in the Islamist horror handbooks ("How to Make Bombs" and so on) found on her computer – although there is no evidence that she ever lifted a finger to act on them. But the mood music of insinuation ...

  • Bonnie Greer: Farewell to a feisty, fearless keeper of the flame
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    I am of an age to remember Mailer on television arguing with Gore Vidal; Mailer running for mayor of New York City; Mailer making movies in the style of Warhol and John Cassavetes; Mailer joining the hippies and peaceniks outside the Pentagon at the ...

  • Ian Blair's Diary: I burnt the toast, but I'm staying to make the changes needed
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    "What on earth are you doing?" says my wife, from upstairs. "Operational details cannot be divulged to the public," I reply. "But it is possible that the nuts were in the wrong place at the wrong time." Making my wife breakfast, I burn the toast. It ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    In its final report before the new commission took over, the Commission for Racial Equality said: "Thirty years after the Race Relations Act, and despite its status as the fifth largest economy in the world, Britain is still a place of inequality, ex...

  • John Sutherland: A writer with a love of boxing, booze and broads
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    He entered Harvard and graduated just in time to enlist. Rifleman Mailer saw enough action in the Pacific to furnish raw material for The Naked and the Dead (1948). In it Mailer daringly reproduced the actual language of soldiers. The Anglo-Saxon wor...

  • Arabella Weir: The invisible woman, and other tales of the workplace
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    A female director in a service sector such as retail or business earns an average of £57,000 compared with more than £70,000 for her male colleague, the Institute of Directors' findings showed. The institute's own director described the findings as "...

  • Leading article: All out
    Monday, 12 November 2007

    The sight of members of the creative industries manning picket lines might seem faintly ridiculous, rather like students announcing that they will withdraw their "labour", or Premiership footballers demanding better pay and conditions. And anyway, wh...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out of America
    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    More or less ever since 9/11, its progress has resembled the theatre. Disbelief has been suspended, as debts and deficits piled up, yet no one was required to pay for them. Everyone could borrow and spend, seemingly without end. But not even the migh...

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Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

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Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment