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Saturday, 20 August 2011

  • Leading article: The not-so-silly season
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    The notion of the silly season has been with us since 1874, when The Saturday Review so named the month in which "the newspapers are open to the discussion of silly subjects". Then, it was "overcharges at hotels, the advantages and disadvantages of t...

  • Simon Price: There's no going back to the Old Grey Twilight Zone
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    It will be 40 years next month since TOGWT took to the screens as part of BBC2's Late Night Line-Up. The anniversary has prompted a mini-wave of nostalgia; Harris is to present the Old Grey Whistle Test 40 series from Wednesday night on Radio 2 – and...

  • David Owen: What makes a dictator pack his bags?
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    Following a specific Arab League request, and French and British resolve, a no-fly zone over Libya was authorised by the Security Council. It is of long-term importance that China and Russia did not block the resolution and that the US wanted to be s...

  • Leading article: Volatile markets are the Chancellor's cue to focus on growth
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    The biggest worry is that the spasm of risk-aversion that sucked £62bn out of FTSE 100 shares in a single day this week continues long enough to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Rational or not, economies can talk themselves into slump: concerns ab...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (21 August 2011)
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    Children with no structure in their home lives need structure in their school lives. This can be provided through sports and the arts. And where are the youth clubs, sports venues and music or drama opportunities? They should be in every community an...

  • D J Taylor: Homage to Caledonia
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    Since 1945, he declared, "the general increase in education and literacy has led to the wider expression, by and for the population at large, of its moral, intellectual and artistic preferences. The vox populi has been heard, at last, crying out for ...

  • Andrew Martin: The comical crusader against cliché
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    The clip was part of a series of tributes to Robinson whose death was announced last weekend. It was from Stop The Week, the early Saturday evening programme he hosted between 1974 and 1992. It was just a talking shop with him and his mates. It was a...

  • John Banham: Britain can forge ahead, but it needs more from the top
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    Now, as Sarah Sands writes today, fear rather than greed stalks the City. The flaws in the euro project, evident from the outset, have finally come into focus, and the impact of government and household debt on retail spending has underlined the shif...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'The wired-up system has failed us'
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    So it is that our till needs no less than eight plugs for the various inter-related machines that a tiny bookshop and café seems to require as standard these days. Book orders are made via a horrendously complex system that links up to our wholesaler...

  • Letters: Islam has lessons on rights and duties, and our responsibilities
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    The Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights (1981) differs in some ways from the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that are controversial. But one difference is highly significant in the present context. Apart from a vague referen...

  • Harriet Walker: Only strippers and their bosses wear G-strings
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    Like a tequila shot on an already turbulent stomach, why did we ever think they were a good idea? Decried at their early Noughties peak as emblems of porn culture, they were really nothing more than yet another false life-enabler for women. Wear the ...

  • Leading article: A waste of expensive prison cells
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    Nor should it. The rioting and looting of two weeks ago seem to have anaesthetised those ministers and others who were insisting only recently that fewer people should be sent to prison, and for less time. The silence of the Justice Secretary, Ken Cl...

  • Lisa Markwell: Make up your mind Sally, do you want your antics noticed?
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    It's like reading a review of a restaurant whose cuisine you actively dislike, or being arachnaphobic and considering a holiday in Australia's outback. However, if the series premiere (if that's not to give it too much stardust) had to be watched, th...

  • Nicholas Lezard: It's no consolation to me, but some people are buying books
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    There is also the lurking fear that in an age when anyone with access to the internet is happy to write yards and yards of stuff for free, editors will decide that the whole business of paying people to write is terribly quaint when you can get anyon...

  • Harriet Walker: He's right – and we should be proud of them
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    talented young actresses whose bents run to much more than taking their clothes off. In certain circles of European cinemocracy there is a sense an actress isn't an actress if she won't play up her sex appeal. But here and in the US, the more nudity ...

  • Oliver Wright: Time is running out for the Colonel – and the British PM
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    The Prime Minister badly needs a decisive breakthrough in the conflict before three key events coming up in the next six weeks. The first is the UN General Assembly meeting in New York starting on 13 September, which Mr Cameron is due to address late...

  • Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Nicole Kidman answers the great rhetorical question: 'Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?'
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    Yet the fear of butterflies is so recherché that even the online support group ihatebutterflies.com, while claiming a link to the fear of moths (mottephobia), admits there is no official term. Nicole is baffled as to how she developed her violent av...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (21/08/11)
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    An MP is joining hunters on a controversial mass slaughter of 2,000 baby gannets this weekend. Angus MacNeil has set sail for the remote island of Sula Sgeir, where the ritual of bludgeoning guga chicks to death with rocks takes place every August...

  • Matthew Bell: Rant & Rave (21/08/11)
    Sunday, 21 August 2011

    The only bad thing about lovely long summer holidays is waving goodbye to your pet. In my case, the pet has bid adios to me. "Your cat's gone missing," said the neighbour on a crackly line. "Not to worry," I trilled, waving for another Negroni. "It'l...

  • John Rentoul: Tories gain in post-riot poll
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

     

  • John Rentoul: Poll alert
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  • Leading article: A sad loss of Autonomy
    Saturday, 20 August 2011

    Even for the most assiduous free marketeers, there are downsides to foreign takeovers. Sometimes they materialise almost immediately – such as Kraft's closure of a Cadbury's factory within weeks of promising to save it. Sometimes they take decades, a...

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