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  • DJ Taylor: We talk people up, we talk them down. So what's the reality?
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    The curious thing about these vertiginous flights into the upper reaches of the English language is that one only laughs when they are applied to football. In cricket, oddly enough, fine writing is always assumed to be a necessary part of the package...

  • Leading article: Israel must listen to the world
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    The operation was, at best, badly botched and a breach of international law. But the argument that ought to matter is that it was counterproductive and not in Israel's interest. As Professor Ilan Pappé depressingly but accurately writes on page 39, t...

  • Paul Vallely: If life makes no sense, we resort to detail
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    There's a madman on the rampage with a gun, they said. He has shot people all across Cumbria and the police have told everyone to stay indoors in certain areas, including Hawkshead. Frankly, I did not believe that the tiny village where we regularly ...

  • Ilan Pappé: The deadly closing of the Israeli mind
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    Although they come from the left (Defence minister Barak from the Labour Party) and the right (Prime Minister Netanyahu from Likkud) of Israeli politics, their thinking on Gaza in general and on the flotilla in particular is informed by the same hist...

  • Leading article: This cruel and ineffective blockade of Gaza must be brought to an end
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Such pressure comes appallingly late in the day. For three years, this siege has been a form of collective punishment on the 1.5 million Palestinians of Gaza. And it is scandalous that it has taken the deaths of nine passengers on the aid convoy this...

  • Julian Baggini: There is no one either good or bad, but circumstances make them so
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Bird appeared to fall into the latter camp. Michelle Haigh, landlady of his local, the Hound Inn, spoke for many when she said he was a "normal bloke" and that his actions were "not in character". "We're talking about a different person from the Derr...

  • Armando Iannucci: A new politics? Not until we blow away the rhetorical smokescreens
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Not likely. Over the past 15 years or so, the electorate has become increasingly disaffected by and disengaged from the political process, at the same time as the political classes have claimed to be acting more and more in response to our opinions. ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (6 June 2010)
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    But while violently preventing the free passage of medical, building and school supplies to Gaza, Israel continues to pride itself as a highly cultured, highly educated state. We therefore appeal to British writers and scholars to boycott all literar...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'I'll toast the family meal – but let's not pretend it's always been perfect'
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    It is hard to quibble with most of his resulting judgements: eat more veg; stop before you're full; eat food made by humans, not machines. So simple, they are, in fact, genius. But a comment Pollen made in an article about the US food movement in The...

  • Katy Guest: A tall skinny latte to go, then we'll crack world peace
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    Just the merest sip of a small fresh latte might fortify the consumer to stand in a queuing system that was designed by a (non-British) minion of Satan and then grovel for caffeine from a three-headed Cerberus whose job it is to keep it from us at al...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (06/06/10)
    Sunday, 6 June 2010

    Apparently Mandy withdrew permission for the film to be shown, but when I spoke to her literary agent last week he said Rothschild had not finished filming, and planned to continue shadowing him over the summer. Indeed I understand Rothschild had alr...

  • Letters: Cumbria shootings
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    A child is heard retelling the moments when a man is killed in front of his eyes; a doctor nears tears as he tells of a routine day off transformed into a horror story. When people who have just witnessed a traumatising event, such as the inhabitants...

  • Leading article: Beware the personalisation of corporate failure
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    This is not to understate BP's culpability for a preventable accident that caused 11 deaths and an environmental disaster that gets worse by the day. Nor has Mr Hayward always chosen his words carefully enough. Initially describing the spill as "mode...

  • Deborah Ross: 'It's time to get your bikini body orders in'
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Boden, I believe, offers a next-day service, but if you are going to order a bikini body from Boden do think carefully about it first, and ask yourself the following question: do I really want the sort of bikini body that looks as if it's married to ...

  • Philip Norman: Forty things that really irritate me
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    1. People who unexpectedly jump out of cars and cut in front of you when you're just feet away from an unoccupied cash dispenser. 2. Signs and robot voices that welcome you to places where you have no wish to be and thank you for something you had ...

  • Amy Jenkins: Amanda Knox's plight has taken an even more absurd turn
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    There have been complaints about a kind of snobbery leaking out from British and American commentators about the Italian judicial system – but no amount of political correctness is going to stop me from saying that this trumped-up charge exposes the ...

  • Nigel Hawkes: The real cost of a compromised census will be inaccurate data
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Now he's in charge, as Minister for the Cabinet Office. He's also central to the programme of Government cuts that the coalition has promised. So demographers and statisticians are worried that he may make good on his promise to "scale back" the Cens...

  • Derek Graham: We can't turn back: it would insult the people who died
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    This ship is much larger; this whole mission was much larger than anything we've ever tried before. This ship was supposed to be in with the other ones... We were delayed and because of that now we're the last ship standing. It's the most surreal thi...

  • Cahal Milmo: Derrick Bird and his twin: a lesson in sibling rivalry
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    The document uncovered at the Probate Registry in London reveals how Joseph Bird, a civil servant for Cumbria County Council, gave David Bird a gift £25,000 shortly before his death in 1998. Crucially, it made no such provision for other family membe...

  • Leading article: Red or dead
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    The new rover will be designed to dig under the Martian soil to look for ancient signs of life. But perhaps the craft can have a look around for the poor old Beagle 2, which went missing in the Mars area in December 2003, while it's in the neighbourh...

  • Village People: The mark of a good autobiographer
    Saturday, 5 June 2010

    Like the story Lord Trimble tells about when he was Northern Ireland's First Secretary, paying a call on Lord Mandelson, the Northern Ireland Secretary, at his official residence, Hillsborough Castle. Their conversation did not go well. In fact, Pete...

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