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Thursday, 6 December 2007

  • John Lichfield: The death of French culture? I don't think so
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    Time magazine has caused indignation in France by posting an obituary, on the front page of its European edition, announcing the "Death of French Culture". Despite the vast quantities of public money spent on arts subsidies and despite a ferocious di...

  • Katy Guest: Beware the love that 'just sort of happens'
    Friday, 7 December 2007

    Chantelle was talking about her relationship with Samuel Preston, a 25-year-old singer whom she had met on the set of Celebrity Big Brother. He was not a baker (bakers turn out to be relatively safe from this category of romantic coup de foudre), but...

  • Letters: Gas supply
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    And what do we have to do with this? We are told that the Russian gas that keeps our heating and many of our power stations going can only continue to flow long-term if we keep our noses out of Putin's dirty business. We supposedly go to war for demo...

  • Leading article: Art, ambition and a reality check
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    The Tate has already attracted 7m in funding from the London Development Authority and a 5m donation from the banker John Studzinski. And yesterday the Department of Culture Media and Sport said it will stump up 50m to bankroll the plans. This will b...

  • Juliet Lyon: A senseless system in both economic and human terms
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    Talking tough, creating new offences, introducing a raft of mandatory penalties and then, under the Criminal Justice Act (2003), bringing in a new indeterminate sentence, has led to a massive inflation in sentencing. The misuse of prisons to contain ...

  • Leading article: History lessons
    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    One can imagine what a tempting offer it would be for a scholar. Think of the unimpeded access to primary sources. Consider the unique insights into the minds of the powerful. And did not Suetonius make a good fist of it? Ah, but the pitfalls! Politi...

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