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  • Leading article: For all the anger around the world, the era of cheap fuel has ended
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    This has been a week of fuel protests across Europe. Fishermen from France, Portugal, Belgium, Italy and Spain have gone on strike, some blockading ports. Hauliers in Britain have clogged London with their vehicles. Dutch lorry drivers and French far...

  • Leading article: In search of a graceful exit
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    True, a couple of hurdles remain. Today the party's rules committee meets to settle the vexed question of how the delegations from Florida and Michigan will be seated at the Denver convention. The most likely outcome is a compromise that hands a smal...

  • Letters: Oxbridge mediocrity
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    Lord Patten, chancellor of Oxford University, would have us believe that it is state schools and the "low aspirations" of their teachers which are at fault, not the intransigence of privately educated admissions tutors who rejected, among others, Lau...

  • The Weasel: Adventures in Wonderland
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    We began our reconnaissance on the final build-up day. No more than a dozen steps into the showground, my companion shed the role of cool professional advisor. "I tell you what I like," she burbled. "I like those green garden tables." "They're inspir...

  • Leading article: Blessed peacemaker?
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    Our former prime minister says he want "to spend the rest of my life" uniting the world's religions and bringing peace to our troubled planet. Mr Blair's employers at JP Morgan and Random House (not to mention his various speech bookers), might be in...

  • E Jane Dickson: The pious posturing of the art establishment
    Saturday, 31 May 2008

    As concepts go, it's not a bad one; original watercolours by Adolf Hitler overpainted by psychedelic rainbows, hearts and smiley faces. The jeu d'esprit rests on Hitler's early ambition to become a painter. Twice rejected by the Viennese Academy of F...

  • Clive Stafford Smith: Why has the Government forsaken Binyam Mohamed?
    Friday, 30 May 2008

    British officials have condemned the tribunals, and the former lord justice Steyn referred to them as "kangaroo courts". The British Government has strongly opposed Mr Mohamed being put on trial in such an unfair process, and has demanded that he be ...

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

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Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

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Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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Should pupils get a lie in?

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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

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Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?