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Saturday, 23 August 2008

  • Leading article: Roll on the 'intimate' Games
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    That should not mean, however, that we forget the doubts. It is possible to conclude that on balance the negatives are outweighed by the positive virtues, while keeping criticisms of the Chinese regime in mind. Which is how it should be. Before the e...

  • David Randall: August is the cruellest month... so why does it still surprise us?
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    A holiday in Britain, they think, this year. None of that faffing about with security lines at the airport, just a canter down to Devon, and a fortnight at that enchanting cottage by the cliffs. But when to go? August, probably. This is the month whe...

  • Sam Warner: Once trusted and admired, Glitter is all the more reviled
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    Why does this man command so much interest from the general public? In Britain he was one of the most successful pop stars of the 1970s. And, until his conviction for possessing images of child abuse in 1999, his songs continued to be played in Brita...

  • Leading article: Britain bears the full force of an economic storm
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    For the first time since 1992, our economy has ceased to expand. Some might argue that this is not such a disaster; that after such a prolonged period of expansion we can afford to slow down. But the flaw in this sanguine analysis is that we do not s...

  • Clifford Coonan: Will China keep the flame alight?
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    China is a country where very often you can say one thing and the opposite is also true, and in line with this dictum, it's been an Olympics of opposites. On the one hand you had the spectacular opening ceremony, the fabulous organisation of events, ...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 24 August 2008
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    Visitors will certainly not be banned from eating a panino or consuming a drink in front of a sacred place, but they will not be allowed to litter the ground, set up little campsites or behave in ways that disturb others. Genoa, Venice, Florence and ...

  • Wersha Bharadwa: Take it from me: lap dancing is not sexy, nor liberating
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    Aside from lap-dancing and lactating octopuses, bunny rabbits with post-orgasmic faces and a symbolic money shot where the drink shoots out on to bikini-clad breasts, it comes as no surprise that females are represented as traditional prey while the ...

  • Melanie McDonagh: Celebrate long life and good living
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    According to the Office for National Statistics, the numbers of over-80s have doubled in 30 years to 2.7 million. And by 2020, the number of centenarians will have quadrupled. My grandmother's grandmother died at 102 in the earlier part of the last c...

  • Madeleine Lovell: Noises Off
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    I've been conducting since I left university seven years ago, and though I have my own ensemble, the St George's Chamber Orchestra, and am preparing the BBC Symphony Chorus for their Proms performance next Sunday, I've had some odd reactions. After o...

  • Rodric Braithwaite: Georgia is no place for empty promises
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    The time when each of the two superpowers could mobilise half the world against the other is over. So is the brief decade when the West believed that history had come to an end, and that its views and values would enjoy a universal triumph. India, Ch...

  • Letters: Bletchley Park
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    Sadly, in the Sixties, academia chose to abandon industry in favour of the will-o'-the-wisp of "computer science", where the end products were learned papers, not hardware and software. Consequently, Britain lost its ability to design world-beating c...

  • The Weasel: Currant affairs
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    When we arrived in the north this summer, I was smitten by the urge for a kir. Arguably, this Burgundian concoction of white wine and crème de cassis (many authorities recommend a ratio of 5:1 but 3:1 is the Dijonnais preference) is the perfect defin...

  • Leading article: How to wind down the war
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    Preliminary details suggest that combat troops could be withdrawn from Iraqi cities by next June, and from the rest of the country by the end of 2011, if – and, of course, it is a big if – security conditions are judged satisfactory. It is noteworthy...

  • Carola Long: Stop mocking Madonna
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    Not only did it seem inconceivable that this staid quartet were around the same age as Madonna, but also that they should deem their pedestrian personal style preferable to the singer's alabaster-skinned, almond-eyed, sexually charged bionic glory. T...

  • Dawn Peart: In Beijing to watch her team achieve the biggest Olympic success it has ever had
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    The swimming competition ended yesterday so the team went out to celebrate last night, but I have to look after everyone and be responsible so I stayed at the village. Everyone is feeling really high today after all the success we've had; in fact, it...

  • Message Board: Is children's sport paying for the 2012 London Olympics?
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    Of course it's right if it does. The Olympics is a major one-off event. It doesn't come round often and you need to make the most of it while you can. In the long run, the children will benefit from London having staged the Games. Robert During 2...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 24 August 2008

    They complain of excessive noise late at night and say that planning permission has not yet been granted. "Because we are on the Downs and it's very open, noise travels extremely easily," says one. "We do have very sensitive neighbours," says a spoke...

  • Leading article: In your dreams
    Saturday, 23 August 2008

    His purpose was to expose what he suspected was the questionable reliability of such accolades, and how right he turned out to be. In defending its procedures, the magazine said it had done its best to verify the facts, phoning, Googling, and reading...

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