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  • Leading article: Enjoy the Olympics, and hope
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    It will, of course, be a wonderful spectacle which will unite a global audience of hundreds of millions of people in a way nothing else can. People in every nation on Earth will be spectators – certainly tens of millions of Britons will be watching a...

  • Katy Guest: Ladettes, feminists and a dame... Why women have moved on
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    In the Radio Times interview, her comments seemed to arrive apropos of nothing. "In my late teens and twenties, I was in love all the time," she said, reasonably. "Now girls are expected to have sex before they're 12, which is terrible. It really ups...

  • Paul Vallely: The rich must not bully the poor: that's why Doha matters
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    Why so? And does it matter? Perhaps the homespun philosophy of the great New York Yankees catcher – better known now for the sentences he fumbled than the balls he caught – can offer a fuller explanation of why the Doha development round, which set o...

  • Letters: The special relationship
    Monday, 4 August 2008

    During the Second World War most intelligence organisations made the mistake of believing that their codes could not be cracked. Surely the United States should be deeply grateful to Mr McKinnon for showing them that, if their military secrets can be...

  • IoS letters, emails & texts, 2 August 2008
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    The board of Mr Sharkey's organisation, British Music Rights, reads like a roll call of vested interests, and not much like a union for session musicians. Perhaps he could help poor musicians by campaigning for higher royalty or "buy out" payments no...

  • Carol Sarler: Put your kids off sex: tell them about it
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    There, however, consensus ends. So when it was proposed last week, by the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health, that children as young as 11 should have compulsory sex education, the usual camps predictably squared off. On the one side was the...

  • Jon Cruddas: We must fight the narcissistic dash for personal glory
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    Voters will forgive us for many things, but engaging in an internal row that would make student faction-fighting look pretty cool is not one of them. Some Labour politicians should know better. Their excitable advisers clearly don't. We need to be bi...

  • Jane Merrick: Miliband – heir to Blair the smiley Emotibot?
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    The behaviour of this curious piece of technology triggers strong emotional responses in people it interacts with, according to the scientists behind its development. The similarities between Heart Robot – one of a new generation of "Emotibots" – and...

  • Rosie Allan-Jones: Tombstoning: I was careful and sober. And then I jumped...
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    A year ago I was on holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia. There is a point just outside the town where tourists and locals go to frolic by jumping into the sea. My boyfriend and I decided to check it out. We were fairly disappointed; the rocks weren't that ...

  • Michael Williams: Readers' editor
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    Actually, I've grown to hate it. Not because I feel bad about exploiting my own children (it was a favour done for the picture editor), but because, like many parents, I'm weary of "shock reports" in newspapers about overweight children, or overweigh...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS diary
    Sunday, 3 August 2008

    He attained instant fame more than 20 years ago with 'My Beautiful Laundrette', the story of a gay romance set in London's Pakistani community, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Now Hanif Kureishi is turning to one of his own novels for his latest screen...

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