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Friday, 29 April 2011

  • Leading article: A day of pageantry and celebration that met a need for escapism
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    They stayed up late to enjoy the spectacle in Australia, and they rose before dawn in the United States to luxuriate in a little of the Old Country's pageantry. But nowhere was the sense of escapism – or perhaps the need for it – greater than here in...

  • Letters: Police and the royal wedding
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    Happily she put me straight: "Let me make it clear," she said. "This is a day of celebration, joy and pageantry for Great Britain." I had thought of putting on a Sex Pistols T-shirt or some such as a small protest against the occasion but clearly I h...

  • Talbot Church: A day to remember – and an early night for Wills and Kate
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    The very picture of radiance, she made her way up the aisle on the red carpet, woven, as is traditional, by the wives and children of the Gurkhas. The dress, subject of more column inches than the riots in Syria or the war in Libya (how shabby those ...

  • Leading article: Terrorism must be no excuse for Arab repression
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    The blowing-up of a café in Djemaa el-Fna square, which killed 16 people, including 11 foreign nationals, certainly looks like an al-Qa'ida-style attack. There are echoes of the 2003 suicide bombings in Casablanca, also aimed at foreign civilians, wh...

  • Jon Cruddas: The question is, do we trust the people?
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    The fight for the Alternative Vote may seem in a different league from earlier struggles, but it truly is in the tradition of the Levellers and the Chartists and the Suffragettes. For one simple reason: whatever its shortcomings, in the end it gives ...

  • Alice Jones: The couple who showed us why we don't need gagging orders
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    There he stood, on the steps of his – no doubt artfully boho-styled – west London home, his paunch barely contained in striped turquoise terry-towelling, his beard mussed with sleep, his eyes pinpricks, buried beneath an airport carousel of bags. Nex...

  • Leading article: An opportunity for peace that must not be squandered
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    And it is the Israeli government that gives the greater impression of panic. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has responded to the deal by evoking the spectre of Hamas taking over the West Bank as well as Gaza. And Mr Lieberman has iss...

  • Leading article: Krypton factor
    Saturday, 30 April 2011

    So for Superman to ditch his formal allegiance to the Stars and Stripes is like Spider-man developing arachnophobia, or Batman announcing that he's sick of policing dark alleyways, or the Incredible Hulk taking anger management classes. It would be a...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the perils of cycling
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    End this battle between angels and demons One reason why, as Rod Auton says, many London cyclists resemble a "sect" conducting a "crusade" (letter, 27 April) is that for such individuals the ride itself has become more important than the journey....

  • Leading article: An obscurantist and absurd judgment
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    The ruling grew from an objection by Greenpeace in Germany to a patent application from a German scientist who has developed the first clinical applications of stem-cell technology for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. The cells used were ...

  • Leading article: The waiting game
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    Martin has a blog that is lively in more ways than one. It is there that he keeps readers informed of his work, like his plan to expand what was originally supposed to be a trilogy into no fewer thans even novels. But the interaction has become a dou...

  • Ghaffar Hussain: Anger over inequalities is easily exploited by extremists
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    The challenges facing the Arab world are significant. Many of the countries of the Arab world have among the lowest literacy rates in the world. In Egypt, up to a quarter of the population is illiterate. Across the region, unemployment rates often ex...

  • Alice-Azania Jarvis: Leave it to Bieber to divert us from royals
    Friday, 29 April 2011

    * I fear the non-wedding agenda can't be sustained, so over to Mr Chris Balcombe, who has spent an entire week decorating a life-size dalek in royal wedding-themed regalia. "It's not every day we get a royal wedding, so it was well worth the effort,"...

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