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Sunday, 4 February 2007

  • Leading article: Suffolk is only one battle in a long global war
    Monday, 5 February 2007

    This time we are in calmer waters; too calm, perhaps, for there are several puzzles about the H5N1 outbreak that we must get to the bottom of before we can start to breathe easier. One is how the virus got into what is supposed to be a bio-secure env...

  • 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 ...

  • Oksana Chelysheva: The slow, painful death of journalism in Russia
    Monday, 5 February 2007

    Another significant punch was landed last month. Russia's Supreme Court in Moscow closed the Russian Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS) on 23 January. This non-governmental organisation, which I helped run in Nizhny Novgorod, was the home for independ...

  • Letters: Transport possibilities
    Monday, 5 February 2007

    This weighs 7.5 tonnes, is 59m long, needs 6,580 cubic metres of helium for buoyancy, has eight passenger seats and a top speed of 40 knots. A 100-seater aircraft 30m long cruises at more than 400 knots, half the size and 10 times as fast. Airlines a...

  • Leading article: Why doesn't Europe make green cars?
    Monday, 5 February 2007

    Stavros Dimas, the environment commissioner, has, of course, behaved commendably by putting to one side this rather spurious appeal to Euro-patriotism and choosing a less polluting car over the Mercedes and Volkswagens favoured by his colleagues. It ...

  • Dylan Jones: The pollster whose focus groups tipped Cameron as leader
    Monday, 5 February 2007

    As you'll remember, Luntz is the young Connecticut pollster whose focus groups for the BBC's Newsnight in 2005 unambiguously selected the below-radar David Cameron as the Conservative choice for leader. Luntz has since been courted by Tony Blair, and...

  • 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: Kylie, Kate and culture
    Monday, 5 February 2007

    One unkind critic has gone so far as to suggest that Kylie's relics deserve rather to be exhibited in a "Chamber of Horrors". Many who don't go that far and don't see themselves as cultural elitists will nevertheless question the appropriateness of c...

  • John Lichfield: Our Man In Paris
    Monday, 5 February 2007

    First the Vikings colonised the kitchen table. Then Joan of Arc arrived to boot the wicked English out of France. It is school project time. The last time I became involved, I was deeply humiliated. My son and I built a Roman baths out of cereals pac...

  • 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...

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