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Saturday, 7 August 2010

  • Leading article: Aid is humane - and politic
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    And if individuals need to respond, so do governments. The British Government has in fact been prompt to give help; it has already committed £10m in emergency assistance, half of it through Unicef. After the meeting between Pakistan's President Zarda...

  • Leading article: The Prime Minister and the limits of personal charm in diplomacy
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    David Cameron spoke of the "unbreakable" friendship between the two countries; Asif Ali Zardari eschewed grandstanding and thanked Mr Cameron for his understanding of Pakistan's problems; the two planted a tree at Chequers in memory of Mr Zardari's l...

  • Ramadan and me: A month in the life of British Muslims
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Muslims across the country are preparing for the start of Ramadan on Wednesday. That means stocking up on tasty food, such spices, sweetmeats and sugary drinks, with which to break their daily fasts. It also means planning prayers and family gatherin...

  • Farzana Shaikh: The man who really matters in Pakistan
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Even before the onset of the catastrophic floods, which prompted Kayani to head to the worst affected areas of the north-west ahead of any other political leader, it was clear that the military was gearing up to expose the government as unfit to look...

  • Karen Attwood: Why is losing a baby such a taboo?
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    It is a disgrace that so little funding is allocated to finding out the causes of something that affects thousands of women every year. And even stranger that the whole issue of miscarriage remains a taboo. Miscarriage is rarely spoken about. It is a...

  • Harry Mount: Grey hair works. No hair works. But comb-overs are just a joke
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    This would not have made happy reading for David Cameron. Newspapers this week zeroed in on the grey wings over his ears, and the bald spot on the crown of his head. Journalists made out that it was the stress of being Prime Minister that is thinning...

  • DJ Taylor: Who's a real celebrity, Gracie or Katie? You decide...or maybe not
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Nonetheless, there was Michael Gove last Wednesday, being hailed as the potential sponsor of a scheme recently dreamt up by the enlightened gentlemen of the Premier League. Noting Mr Gove's enthusiasm for "free schools", the league is exploring a ran...

  • Letters: The West and Pakistan
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    It is unfortunate that the Kashmir conflict has used up so much energy, resources and goodwill between the two states, and often fostered a regional cold war to achieve military supremacy. The big powers, such as the US and Britain, with their own in...

  • Leading article: The cost of Russia's long, hot summer
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    These include the burgeoning development into forested areas outside cities, driven by speculators, unregulated private building and the post-Soviet surge in car ownership. There is also the casual attitude to safety and official rules of all kinds t...

  • Amy Jenkins: Flip-flops, a broken toe and the desultory days of August
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    I picture long hot days, lazy country picnics, swims in the sea. In some ways – and this harks back to childhood – I don't consider summer begun until the (state) school term is over. And then every year I'm disappointed because actually August is th...

  • Natalie Haynes: The solitary, and very personal, relationship we have with radio
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    When newspapers reported that 6 Music was on the way out in February this year, the internet went wild. Facebook groups were set up. Twitter feeds tweeted with fury and, unusually, virtual annoyance turned into real protest – the BBC log had soon rec...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (8 August 2010)
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Peter Tatchell OutRage! London SW14 In the 76 countries that still prosecute people on the grounds of their sexual orientation, gay men and lesbians are robbed of their rights and subjected to state-sanctioned harassment, imprisonment, corporal punis...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'The drama of the West End is not as exciting as M&S'
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    This makes me feel much better. More of my cultural exchanges than I would like to admit involve the phrases "I haven't managed to get tickets yet", meaning I haven't got round to trying, and "I've read lots of good things about it!" Nul points. Mill...

  • Tess Finch-Lees: Sutcliffe is a danger, mostly to himself
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Although Broadmoor is a secure psychiatric hospital, it feels like a prison. The staff are predominately nurses, but some behave like prison officers. As soon as you strap a chain of enormous Dickensian keys around your waist it's hard to resist the ...

  • Sophie Heawood: If you want to get ahead, get afloat
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    I know it's summer because the first sightings are in of a famously humdrum Brit doing something frolicsome on a yacht. Prince Andrew, in fact, making merry with a mystery brunette, off the coast of Sardinia. On a big luxurious yacht. Doing crazily r...

  • Paul Vallely: Cloning will not feed the hungry
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    But maybe you have already. The Food Standards Agency, which is soon to go the way of all quangos, last week revealed that two cloned cattle, bred on British farms, have been slaughtered and sold as meat over the past year. It is believed the meat wa...

  • Leading article: Well within the Fringe
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    Well, the Edinburgh Fringe is now in its 64th year and the world's largest arts festival is actually still going strong. A total of 2,453 shows in 259 venues with more than 21,148 performers in three weeks of joyous, chaotic and desperately uneven ar...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Shopping 'offline' is most convenient'
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    This wonderful way of shopping does not yet have a specific name but, for our purposes, I think we can call it "shopping offline" and it is most convenient. To shop offline you must first go to "a shop", which usually comes in the form of a building ...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Why delaying death has created a statistical nightmare
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    Although this is exceptional, the average wait for an inquest is six months, and a year or more is not uncommon. While you wait, the dead person is not, officially, dead. In England and Wales (but not Scotland) a death cannot be registered without a ...

  • Sindy: The IoS Diary (08/08/10)
    Sunday, 8 August 2010

    Could Elaine Stritch be due a return to not only London but the London stage? Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, in London for 80th birthday celebrations, has been talking to friends about his latest casting plans: who should appear in a new ...

  • This is the weekend for...Preparations for Ramadan
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    British Muslims are already bracing themselves for one of the most gruelling months of their year. Shopping trips this weekend will include the traditional fast "opener" of dates, Indian sweetmeats and sugary drinks such as Vimto. Many Muslims will c...

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