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  • Leading article: Nato's Afghan endgame begins with a helping hand from Russia
    Wednesday, 27 October 2010

    There is little prospect of Russia sending troops to the country, but this is, nevertheless, a remarkable turn of events. Two decades after the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan, after a disastrous 10-year occupation which left 15,000 Russian tr...

  • Leading article: There is nothing pro-business about risking another slump
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    Yet this raises the question: what is the appropriate way for the state to promote the private sector? The Prime Minister made approving reference in his speech to the letter last week by 35 well-known businessmen in support of the Coalition's plans ...

  • Letters: Pensions
    Wednesday, 27 October 2010

    It was surprising to hear the Tory government proposing universal pensions without means-testing, something I have advocated for many years. It would however be more convincing if the principle of universality was applied to all benefits in conjunc...

  • Susie Rushton: The little box that changed our lives
    Wednesday, 27 October 2010

    The iPod, by comparison, is a silent, inorganic, dead-eyed robot of a music player. If it conks out, it does so suddenly and without any noisy death throes. Clicking its "back" button to start a track again is all very convenient, but hardly has the ...

  • Leading article: Squalor that strengthens the case for prison reform
    Wednesday, 27 October 2010

    HMIP applauded the education provision, health facilities, and "solid focus on resettlement" at Coldingley. But it also expressed concern at sanitation arrangements "which led to the throwing of human waste out of windows". Inmates have restricted ac...

  • Anne Penketh: Nato's siren song may well drown out Moscow's bitter experience
    Wednesday, 27 October 2010

    As the Obama administration desperately reaches out to be able to fulfil a promise that the draw down of the 100,000 US troops will begin next July, the Americans are looking for help. The irony will not be lost on the Russians, 20 years after the CI...

  • Letters: Bus passes
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    I doubt whether Mary Ann Sieghart has yet reached her 50th birthday ("Not every pensioner needs a bus pass", 25 October). As I approach my 80th and find myself struggling to get on a bus in the rain, not seeing too well and laden with this and that...

  • Leading article: Disgraceful snooping from a cyber giant
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    It is only thanks to investigations by regulators – in seven of the 30 countries where Google Maps has sent camera cars to photograph millions of houses – that we have now discovered that the vehicles were also sucking up information from unencrypted...

  • Harriet Walker: Spare me Pamela's prime cuts
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    It's designed to make us think twice about devouring helpless animals, but how many men will stop salivating over a juicy bit of thigh when faced with the Anderson tenderloin is anybody's guess. That's right, Pammie has become the literal slab of mea...

  • Leading article: Short, sharp shock
    Wednesday, 27 October 2010

    For those who favour a direct approach to the problem, the natural method has been sudden immersion in boiling water. For those of an extremist disposition, the practice of placing the creature in the freezer for a few hours in advance of boiling has...

  • Tom Aikens: In the heat of the kitchen, a knife is the quickest solution
    Wednesday, 27 October 2010

    In a professional kitchen, traditional methods are paramount – that's why chefs train – although that doesn't stop some people trying to introduce new technology. I either send a sharp knife straight through the lobster skull or, if a delivery arrive...

  • Deborah Ross: No pet name ever leads to the bedroom
    Wednesday, 27 October 2010

    I should confess I have not read the book itself – a recent trip to the time bank showed that I'm much time-poorer than I thought; where does it all go? – but I think the gist is as follows: resorting to pet names is a bad habit which erodes individu...

  • Ben Chu: Mervyn King mobilises his tanks
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

  • Leading article: Coming out of the closet?
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    Much the same thing happened last week when the Vatican, which really should have better things to do, claimed that another stalwart of US children's TV, Homer Simpson, was a closet Catholic. Again the producers felt compelled to make a public contra...

  • Trevor Beattie: This is not a power trip.It's my life's ambition
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    This isn't a power trip about being one of the first civilians up there, it is honestly my life's ambition. Unlike other people, I have had to wait for it to come to me. If I had wanted to climb Everest I could have bought the kit, trained and achiev...

  • Deborah Ross: It's a rich man's world, time-wise
    Tuesday, 26 October 2010

    It is certainly a rich man's world, time-wise. You may even say the time-rich have never had it so good, particularly since the advent of Eddie Stobart, Trucks and Trailers (C5, 8pm, Fridays). As one time-rich person says: "If I were time-poor, I wou...

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