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  • Care home that could be Abu Ghraib
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    The residents of the care home, according to the programme, spend quite a lot of time lying on sofas. They also spend quite a lot of time lying on the ground. But when they're lying on the ground, they don't look very relaxed. They don't look very re...

  • Leading article: A sporting decision that betrays the people of Bahrain
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    It appears not to have crossed Mr Ecclestone's mind that moral principle should also be taken into consideration when deciding whether Bahrain should be welcomed back into the circuit. There were others in the motor racing world capable of grasping t...

  • Marc Blake: Live comedy is priceless, and that's why it costs a fortune
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    Kay. Live comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Lee Evans and, last but least, Michael McIntyre, can make up to £5m a year from touring their stand-up shows. A slot on Mock the Week or Live at the Apollo will lead to a UK-wide theatre tour, followed by the i...

  • DJ Taylor: Blatter's no more than a bench player
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    To the non-soccer fan, the sight of Mr Blatter on every front page and the blanket coverage given to his detractors from the English FA was the equivalent of News at Ten leading with coastal erosion in North Norfolk. "After all," as one friend incred...

  • Letters: Care Providers
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    US private equity company Blackstone acquired Southern Cross for £160m in 2004 and allegedly quadrupled its investment when it sold it three years later. It achieved this by selling off the company's property portfolio, depriving Southern Cross of it...

  • Alice Jones: So who did get tickets for the Olympics?
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    This week a strange, counter-intuitive fever took hold as 1.8 million people checked their bank balances, hoping that vast, mysterious sums would have been spirited away overnight. In the event, many who had put in for thousands of pounds' worth of e...

  • Leading article: We must be prepared for a new world of infection
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    First it has claimed the lives of 18 people and caused serious illness in 1,823 others, according to the World Health Organisation. That reminds us that bacteria are constantly mutating, new infections are just around the corner, and we are far from ...

  • Nick Clarke: Once it was strictly A-list – now they're all in on the act
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    But despite what the champagne-spraying photos of TOWIE's cast at Ocean Club would have you believe, the resort still clings to some of its stardust, with a slew of stylish hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs that have stood the test of time. One suc...

  • Harriet Walker: We haven't all got what it takes to fulfil our dreams
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    This season of Britain's Got Talent, despite being the least watched in the programme's history, is indicative of an increasingly prevalent attitude about the nebulous notion of talent: namely that everyone has one. This, of course, is counter-intuit...

  • Andrew Buncombe: A big heart, a brave soul and a death that leaves some blood on our hands
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    When he took hold of one of yours and clasped it enthusiastically you wondered what damage might be done. It was just that way three weeks ago in Islamabad, in the aftermath of the US operation to kill Osama bin Laden. There was the broad smile, the ...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (5 June 2011)
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    Undercover reporters obtaining covert evidence of abuse run perilously close to collusion with the abusers to obtain a video recording suitable for broadcast. It does not diminish the bravery and commitment of these journalist to ask "who decides whe...

  • Tanith Carey: It's not puritanical to allow children time to grow up
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    Tomorrow, the Government-commissioned report into the sexualisation of children, the Bailey Review, will recommend raunchy pop videos such as these should be banned from TV before the 9pm watershed. Of all the measures mooted, this is the one most li...

  • Katy Guest: Put your abacus away, Ms Spelman
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    It is surely part of the human condition to ask, "Isn't life worth more than this?" But it's weird, nonetheless, when a government department is set up to decide exactly how much more that ought to be. Last week, two official reports set out to quant...

  • David Randall: The reluctant king and the bathhouse queen
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    The first may be a reluctant king, but he is a magnificent quiz question. Here it is: What reigning monarch in South-east Asia is a trained ballet dancer and speaks fluent Czech? The answer is King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia, the latest in a 2,000-...

  • Leading article: Heavy politics
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

    But they do in at least one household. Louise Bagshawe, a Conservative MP, has married Peter Mensch, who, among other things, manages the hugely influential American metal band, Metallica. In these times when the personal is political, this unusual u...

  • John Rentoul: I admit I was wrong
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (05/06/11)
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    I'm all for drawing attention to the tear-inducing frustrations of the thousands of people now labelled "Generation Rental": the peripatetic lifestyle; the bottomless money pit; the uniquely malignant breed of sociopaths known politely as "letting ag...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (05/06/11)
    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    Politics First also carries a long piece by Dr Linda Papadopoulos, the glamorous shrink whose website suggests she is not backwards in pushing herself forward. The mag gushes that she is "an internationally esteemed psychologist and one of the UK'...

  • John Rentoul: Were the Smurfs Nazis?
    Saturday, 4 June 2011

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