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Friday, 18 January 2008

  • Leading Article: The boom is over. The only question now is how hard the landing will be
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    The credit crunch shows no signs of abating. Large US banks have been writing down billions in bad debts since the financial markets locked up last summer. And one of the largest, Merrill Lynch, this week announced that it made an outright loss, to t...

  • Leading article: The message Mr Brown should take to Beijing
    Friday, 18 January 2008

    Of course, China is increasingly an economic powerhouse and British companies already have significant interests there that could benefit from promotion at Prime Minister level. And the glaring trade gap with China is something that could do with add...

  • Letters: Migrants and the NHS
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    Sir: The enforced removal of the renal cancer patient, Ama Sumani, from her hospital bed, and her deportation to what appears to be an inevitable death in Ghana (report, 16 January), appals me. In our local acute hospital, it has been reported that o...

  • Leading Article: When imitation is unflattering
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    Plagiarism used to mean students copying out of encyclopaedias or textbooks in longhand. Now the hugely increased access to the web and the demand for work to be word-processed has made the process much easier. Some websites even offer custom-made an...

  • The Third Leader: Take a bow
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    The Society of London Theatre attributes last year's record attendance of 13.63 million at plays, musicals, opera and dance – up 1.25 million on 2006 - partly to the influence of such television talent shows as How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? ...

  • Chris Schuler: btw
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    Ooh, er. Carla Bruni, lissom consort of the President of France, can be seen disporting herself in her scanties while strumming a guitar in a new advertisement for Lancia that was, ahem, unveiled at the European Motor Show in Brussels on Thursday. Th...

  • Errors & Omissions
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    A panel attached to last Saturday's news story referred to "a hitherto unknown think-tank, the Progressive Policies Forum". By Monday, Andreas Whittam Smith's column was talking about the Progressive Policy Forum, but a sub-heading on his piece had i...

  • Performance Notes: No Country for Old Men; Radiohead; Scenes from a marriage
    Saturday, 19 January 2008

    No Country for Old Men Certificate 15. On general release Overview: Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem star in the Coen brothers' violent adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, an elegy for the old West set in Texas in 1980. Josh Brolin's hunt...

  • Letters: Health care for refugees
    Friday, 18 January 2008

    Access to anti-HIV treatment has already been withdrawn, and as a result we have seen many asylum-seekers presenting with complications of HIV which then require prolonged and complex treatment, often in intensive-care units, at a cost of tens of tho...

  • Leading article: Signs of a power failure
    Friday, 18 January 2008

    But Ofgem has defended the sector. The regulator told the Chancellor that there is no evidence that these latest price rises are a result of industry collusion. It also accepts the explanation of the energy companies that these hikes can be explained...

  • Rhoda Koenig: The market for audience-generated stage stars is limited
    Friday, 18 January 2008

    If film stars descend on the West End, audiences are coming simply to see celebrities rather than great acting. If musicals fill the houses, then we are being deprived of Shakespeare and Co. So, are the packed houses for musicals starring TV talent-c...

  • Leading article: War and peace
    Friday, 18 January 2008

    But it was always a little hard to believe that everyone in that world got along in perfect harmony, as the song had it. And now Joni "Big Yellow Taxi" Mitchell has confirmed it. The singer recounts in an interview with Mojo magazine that her relatio...

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