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  • Oliver Walston: I should never have offered farm aid to Africa
    Tuesday, 6 February 2007

    It all began back in 1984, when I asked Oxfam if they would be able to distribute 1,000 tons of wheat which British farmers had raised in response to the Ethiopian famine. Their answer surprised me. It was, in effect, "Thank you, but no thank you." T...

  • 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...

  • Lucy Caldwell: Falling in love with Iceland
    Tuesday, 6 February 2007

    You don't get many tourists in Iceland in January - they come in the summer, for the endless light. But Iceland is eerily, hauntingly beautiful at this time of year. The twilight lasts for hours, and for much of the time, because the sun is beneath t...

  • Zoe Anderson: She'd dance through air raids
    Tuesday, 6 February 2007

    Fonteyn was a dancer of lyrical simplicity. Her proportions were ideally graceful: the choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton once said it was hard for her to make an unpleasing shape. She was intensely musical. And she had a heart-catching quality. Font...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: A surgical solution
    Tuesday, 6 February 2007

    It sounds radical, but Dr Colin-Thome is quite right. We need to get away from the idea, dating from the time when the NHS was founded, that an operation inevitably means a lengthy stay in hospital. The proposal makes financial sense. It has the pote...

  • 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...

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