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Monday, 24 December 2012

  • Editorial: Better flood protection is not the only answer
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    One immediate, and regrettable, result will be that repairs and maintenance to many railways, scheduled – so it seemed – with unusual efficiency this year, will be postponed, as emergency work takes precedence. But the news is not all bad. It is hea...

  • We’ve seen your money in action – and it works
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.Robbie Williams, Unicef UK, ambassador“When I was in Sri Lanka some years ago I met children affected by the internal conflict there – children who had witnessed such terrible brutality. To meet tho...

  • Why commute when you can beam to work?
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    But this week, I read that telepresence robots are now for sale (albeit at $16,000 each): they beam you into your office to hang out with your colleagues. I hesitate to point out that for that kind of money, you could probably pay a student to go in ...

  • Letters: The right to bear a flintlock musket
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    When this amendment was introduced, the only firearms available were single-shot, muzzle-loading muskets and pistols. Rifling such weapons was only beginning to be developed and breech-loading, multi-shot weapons were more than a century away. In t...

  • Editorial: The Archbishop's unseasonal note
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    Instead, Archbishop Nichols turned his attention to the politicians, decrying the fact that "there was no announcement in any party manifesto, no Green Paper, no statement in the Queen's Speech". "From a democratic point of view," he told his flock,...

  • Even non-believers can find the wisdom in silence
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    She might have thought she was, but she wasn’t. She might have thought that she only knew how to talk about God and art. But when this woman, who has been a nun for 67 years, started talking to the director, Randall Wright, about God and art, and the...

  • A decade on from the failure of the Iraq War, are we any wiser about when, and when not, to intervene?
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    So did George W Bush and Tony Blair get it so badly wrong in the principle or execution? It is important to revisit this question, not for a historical reckoning (the much delayed Chilcot report is supposed to do that), but as a reference point for f...

  • The best magazine essays of 2012
    New York Times Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    You'll have noticed over the past few months that we are major fans of New York Times columnist David Brooks.Well, every Christmas, he collates a selection of his favourite magazine essays from the year just gone. And this year, in a ceremony called ...

  • Rebel advance threatens CAR's fragile peace
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.A loose coalition of rebel groups is pressing home its advantage against the government of the Central African Republic. The rebels, known as the Seleka coalition, have taken the town of Bambari, 24...

  • Christmas with the child soldiers
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    Please donate to our appeal for child soldiers here.I once saw a cartoon of two red-nosed drunks, garlanded in tinsel and holly, pushing trolleys laden with festive booze round a supermarket. “Christmas,” one hiccups to the other, “we wouldn’t bother...

  • 'One pound fish' is the anthem for an austerity Christmas
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    Back in the early 1960s, when the internet was not even a twinkle in anyone's eye, McLuhan looked into the future and foresaw the instantaneous transference of information and cultural phenomena to all corners of the globe. Televison was to be the ag...

  • Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber...Who doesn't want Mariah for Christmas?
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    Mariah's festive version of the tune is currently at second place in our poll for your favourite Christmas song (beaten only by The Pogues' classic "Fairytale of New York").Carly Rae Jepsen (singer with the second most popular song on Spotify in 2012...

  • Christmas: The one time of the year when an argument is fun
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    There's nothing like the pressure-cooker combination of family members, booze and everything being shut to really turn up the heat on conflict.But despite being naturally irritable and incredibly impatient - or perhaps, because of it - I spend a grea...

  • How you can give the gift of childhood this Christmas
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    But that is what we at i are going to ask, as we make a further push to raise money for our campaign to help Unicef free child soldiers in the Central African Republic.You have been extremely generous already, but I would urge you to dig deeper as th...

  • What are you most looking forward to on Christmas day?
    Monday, 24 December 2012

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  • Panic buying, Church warnings, sales brought forward, early mornings...it's Chriiiiistmaaaaaas!
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    Richard Dodd, head of media and campaigns at the British Retail Consortium (BRC), said: "People have left it very late this year because of their reluctance to spend. They are holding out for bargains."Of those bargain-hunting, 70 per cent of shopper...

  • A word of advice about the Middle East – we’ve reached the ‘tipping point’ with cliches
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    Next door, Libya produced a victory for nice, pro-Western secularist Mahmoud Jibril, promising freedom, stability, a new home for the West in one of the Arab world’s most fecund oil producers. It was a place where even US diplomats could wander aroun...

  • This GM breakthrough could be the first of many
    Monday, 24 December 2012

    The AquAdvantage salmon is an Atlantic salmon engineered with two extra genes – one from the Pacific Chinook salmon and one from an eel-like species called the ocean pout – which together boost the fish's growth hormones so it puts on weight all year...

  • Editorial: The Prince and the commoner's Christmas
    Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    They must have worn silly hats, and followed up with games taken from Pippa's party playbook – after all, William was with the experts here. If the Middletons can't indulge in carpet bowls and Consequences after Christmas dinner, who can? And even i...

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