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  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (17 June 2012)
    Sunday, 17 June 2012

    In reality only a minority, mainly sheep and some cattle, enjoy this way of life compared to the thousands confined indoors in a barren environment. The vast majority of our poultry and pigs have long been factory farmed. The scandal of intensively b...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: 'A good bonfire still brings us together'
    Sunday, 17 June 2012

    The bonfire was thought to purify and protect. It also bonded communities. A 16th-century description of the custom by the historian John Stow stresses the unifying and healing nature of such fires: "...they would invite their neighbours and passenge...

  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
    Sunday, 17 June 2012

    No, it's the incessant noise of the weather whingers as their sense of climatic entitlement is foiled by an entirely typical British season. "This," they pout (and the tone of voice implies a hand on hip and the stamp of a tantrumy foot), "is the WOR...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Greece's day of reckoning dawns in a climate of anger and uncertainty
    Sunday, 17 June 2012

    In practice, the Syriza leader, Alexis Tsipras, is saying openly only what New Democracy members hint at privately. The majority of Greeks want to stay in the eurozone, but reject the programme of tax rises combined with salary, pension, job and publ...

  • All together now ... 'Just one cornetto, give it to me'
    Sunday, 17 June 2012

    A survey of the top 10 catchiest advertising jingles ever, by the makers of Chicken Tonight sauces, has just put the long-running 1980s Cornetto ad on top, chased by Go Compare!, P-p-pick up a Penguin, and A Mars a Day. Six of the 10 are confectioner...

  • Leading article: Osborne has run out of excuses
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    What cannot be denied, however, is that things have not worked out as Mr Osborne hoped. The Chancellor admitted in the Budget three months ago, and repeated at the Mansion House last week, that his plans to cut public borrowing are now on a different...

  • Paul Vallely: The Russians will help us in Syria only if we help them
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    The violence in Syria has escalated significantly in the past 10 days. The evidence against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, from 23 separate massacres, has mounted steadily to the point where Amnesty International has accused Syria of "crime...

  • D J Taylor: Murdoch didn't meddle and Ms Price writes
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    It was a good story, impressively told, but at this stage in the proceedings evidence of Mr Murdoch's titanic interference is approximately as controversial as the idea that Katie Price might not have written the books to which she cheerfully signs h...

  • Katy Guest: Sorry about the naff gift, Dad, but it's all your own fault
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    I'm sorry for the personalised golf tees, the amusing signs and pictures relating to sheds, and I'm really sorry for the hastily put-together calendars made out of photos of your snotty children that you will now have to look at for the rest of the y...

  • Hail Mary, the perjurer's loyal wife
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    Eleven years ago, almost to the day, another court heard from a wife about a diary, obviously in very different circumstances. This was Jeffrey Archer's perjury trial at the Old Bailey when Mary Archer came to her husband's rescue by recalling that t...

  • Letters: Ridicule could be fatal for Cameron
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    If anything, being threatened with a disputed metaphorical "bucket of shit" poured over your head by Kelvin MacKenzie was substantially less damaging than David Cameron's cringe-making textual relationship with Rebekah Brooks. Cosy invites to "countr...

  • Donald MacInnes: Art through the looking glass
    Saturday, 16 June 2012

    It was a photograph of a woman staring at her inverted image in a mirror at Sotheby's in London. What was odd was that said mirror is actually a work of art called (or not) "Untitled" by Anish Kapoor. It will be auctioned on Tuesday and its starting ...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (17/06/12)
    Sunday, 17 June 2012

    Rebekah Brooks's hair has been talking to us again, according to the media and other Brooks observers. Last time, at the Leveson inquiry, the hair was contradicting its owner, as in: "Brooks wore a demure dress and revealed little of any import, but ...

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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