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Saturday, 15 December 2007

  • Leading article: The world gets the better of Bush
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    The mood had been building all week at the negotiations in Bali on a replacement to the present arrangements under the Kyoto Protocol which run out in 2012. For months the United States, and President Bush himself, had been insisting that it would no...

  • Germaine Greer: Forget fiery, think finicky Latin
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    Though an Englishman will call Firenze Florence and Genova Genoa and mispronounce every ordinary Italian word he knows from addio to zabaglione, he will never mispronounce an Italian word that has anything to do with football. British football fans...

  • James Fergusson: Muscle alone won't solve Afghanistan's problems
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    The Prime Minister's announcement is not quite the major policy shift it seems. Negotiation with the enemy has been on the cards for some time. For many months, President Karzai has favoured reconciliation with almost any insurgent prepared to lay do...

  • The delegates of Bali have fiddled while the world continues to burn
    Saturday, 15 December 2007

    But the sticking point was binding targets for emissions cuts. The European Union bloc pressed for the summit's final text to include a specific commitment that industrialised nations should cut their emissions by 25-40 per cent by 2020. This was met...

  • Sophie Heawood: Lily, I love the music, but you are no feminist
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    "Thanks, Dad," said my friend. "Lily bullied me at school actually... But, um, yeah, thanks." Oh, the perils of popstardom, especially when you've been to 11 schools, as Lily has well, you're bound to have offended somebody, somewhere. But as Lily ha...

  • D J Taylor: Not such a stuffy stag slaughterer after all
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    Long derided, at least in the columns of liberal-minded newspapers, as a byword for old-school stuffiness, mercilessly lampooned in Stephen Frears' The Queen as a stag-slaughtering suppressor of most of the basic human emotions, the duke turns out to...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 16 December 2007

    A "Bah, humbug!" edition? It might work. Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans banished the festive season in 1647 on the grounds that it was a Catholic anachronism that encouraged drunkenness and gluttony, and we'd have some backing from Lenin, who, acco...

  • The Weasel: The ultimate boy's toy
    Saturday, 15 December 2007

    It must be admitted, however, that this hunky bit of mid-century Americana has for most of its existence been utilised by women. The pheromone-firing Nigella Lawson is a prominent devotee. As its name suggests, the KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand ...

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