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  • 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...

  • Letters: Our duty in Afghanistan
    Monday, 25 August 2008

    President Sarkozy, during his recent visit to Afghanistan in the wake of the loss of 10 French soldiers, is quoted as saying "I don't have any doubt that we have to be here . . . the world's freedom is at stake here". Really? General Dan MacNeill, th...

  • Leading article: Barack Obama negotiates his first serious hurdle
    Monday, 25 August 2008

    That is the real significance of Barack Obama's choice of running mate for this autumn's presidential election: it is the first serious test of the Democratic candidate's judgement. By unveiling Joe Biden as his running mate in Springfield, Illinois,...

  • Leading article: An unforgettable fortnight
    Monday, 25 August 2008

    Just as significantly, from the perspective of the organisers, there were no political boycotts. The world's most powerful national leaders all dutifully turned up to either the opening or the closing ceremony. China will thus feel that it has achiev...

  • Peter Popham: Rome Notebook
    Monday, 25 August 2008

    Like Walter Schiavi, for example, a Milanese postman. A few weeks back he called in sick – then showed up at the very post office where he works, cunningly disguised with a pair of shades and a baseball cap worn back to front. He held up the cashier ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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