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Saturday, 3 February 2007

  • Jonathan Meades: Don't blame poor old Bernard Matthews. We deserve him
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    Chicken would no longer be a parsimoniously carved treat on Sundays when there was an "r" in the month. Turkeys would not be just for Christmas. Want would be a distant memory. There would be plenty of fowl to go with plenty of white goods and plenty...

  • Leading article: Don't panic. Yet
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    The importance of H5N1, which has been monitored since 1997, is that it is a severe strain of bird flu that has "pandemic potential", according to the World Health Organisation. In other words, it is a bird virus that has the potential to change into...

  • Hermione Eyre: Casino confessional
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    I should know, because the automated roulette woman's voice is my voice. After I graduated from Oxford I spent about a year working as a croupier in a London casino. One day they told me I was "gonna to be famous" and sent me to an industrial estate ...

  • Geoffrey Lean: A duck could be a good weapon against climate change, Tony
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    Dear Tony, May I suggest the single most important thing you could do this weekend in response to the terrifying new UN report predicting devastating climate change? Go out and buy a yellow plastic duck. It could be your most persuasive weapon in dea...

  • Leading article: What a way to go
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    The drama being played out in the last few months of that long goodbye has plainly wounded Mr Blair's pride - "I am not going to beg for my character". Yet he is largely to blame for the tarnishing of his reputation by the cash-for-honours scandal. H...

  • Katy Guest: So sorry Sienna. Big pants are back
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    It started, as these things often do, with Sienna Miller. Remember her? The on-off girlfriend of Jude Law, who recently said that she wants people to respect her for her acting and not keep banging on about "what I'm wearing or my relationship". To t...

  • Norman Dombey and Claire Spencer: Whether or not they've been looking for a pretext to bomb Iran, they've found one
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    "This diplomatic effort should include every country that has an interest in avoiding a chaotic Iraq, including all of Iraq's neighbours." This was the main recommendation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, headed by the former US Secretary of State...

  • Leading article: A sign of rising confidence
    Saturday, 3 February 2007

    There is, though, far more to progress in Northern Ireland than the halting advances taking place at the political level, and this is what is happening in the economy and at the grass roots. Northern Ireland as a whole recorded a faster rise in house...

  • Gilbert and George: Double vision
    Saturday, 3 February 2007

    They live in the East End of London, in Spitalfields, on Fournier Street. I am invited there as all journalists are. They have never had any problem being committed, almost evangelical promoters of their own work. "People who are frightened of modern...

  • Rowan Pelling: Keep the doc off your C-cups, boys
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    It will doubtless comfort the man in question to learn this week that he is not alone in being afflicted by "moobs", as the male bosom has been dubbed. A report from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons revealed that a record 177 men...

  • Leading article: A star is reborn
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    Unfortunately, the England cricket team fell one or two runs short of the totals required to qualify even for honorary heroic status. Then Andy Murray - who had the advantage of being Scottish - followed the traditional trajectory of taking the world...

  • Rupert Cornwell: Out of America special
    Sunday, 4 February 2007

    Alas, the finer points of the game still escape me, even though I've lived here for 11 years now. But the metaphor holds good, as will be obvious to anyone who watches the time-out team huddles, the bone-crunching blocks and all the other goings-on i...

  • Leadinga article: In a league of his own
    Saturday, 3 February 2007

    This is because the former rugby league hero, Andy "Faz" Farrell, is to make his union debut for England. Through Farrell, the spectators will get a taste of the lung-busting work ethic, the finely honed skill and the admirable honesty that character...

  • Mark Lynas: The hellish vision of life on a hotter planet
    Saturday, 3 February 2007

    An eco-alarmist fantasy? Unfortunately not - having spent the past three years combing the scientific literature for clues to how life will change as the planet heats up, I know that life on a 6C-warmer globe would be almost unimaginably hellish. A c...

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