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  • Leading article: A puny Olympic legacy
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Yes, we know that the Games will cost more than the original bid. Quite a lot more. But, since the present budget was set at a realistic level in 2007, it has been held steady, and, as far as we can tell, the management of the project has been exempl...

  • Patrick Cockburn: Why war is marching on the road to Damascus
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    I spent the last week in Damascus and the atmosphere reminds me of Beirut in 1975 at the start of the 15-year civil war. Again and again in conversations, people realistically laid out for me the nasty things that are all too likely to happen, but fe...

  • Harry Mount: A little of what you fancy does you good. Cheers!
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Well, if the new wave of Puritans have their way, we're all going to live extremely slowly, die very old, and leave pretty ugly, ancient corpses – with pristine livers.Last week, scientists at the University of Oxford declared that the Government's g...

  • Leading article: It is time for Turkey to take the lead on Syria
    Saturday, 2 June 2012

    The expulsion of Syrian diplomats this week was a purely symbolic gesture, and the economic sanctions in place are more likely to hurt ordinary Syrians than their leaders. And although Russia shows signs of becoming weary of paying an ever-increasing...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (3 June 2012)
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Malini MehraLondon I was shocked by the way your newspaper dealt with the recent events in Syria. The front page was exploitative, with its implication that if you didn't look inside, you were turning away and ignoring what is going on. I felt that...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: My own little mutiny on the bunting
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    There's vintage bunting, Cath Kidston bunting, Union Jack bunting... Plus there's all the rest of the vintage iconography: flowery teapots, cake stands, trestle tables and stripy tablecloths flapping in the wind. It's as though Oliver Cromwell never ...

  • Martin Bentham: Helen is quiet and shy – but focused on helping needy children
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    She was reticent: she blushed when I took a picture of her, but she had a focus, level-headedness and maturity beyond her years. I was hugely impressed.Helen, now 28, believed the work Medair was doing, treating thousands of malnourished children in ...

  • Paul Vallely: Spain – too big to fail, not too big to bail
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Spain is in its worst financial crisis for a century. The gallows-humour gagsters who brought you Grexit or Grout as terms for a possible disorderly exit by Greece from the euro have two more bits of japery on offer. "Spanic" is meant to encompass th...

  • Matt Chorley: Why can't the Brits hack it at the seaside?
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    There we are, standing essentially in our pants with nowhere to put loose change, averting our gaze from the pert bottoms and fat backs in the queue for overpriced ice creams.There is so much pretending. We pretend we can hear the sea over the sound ...

  • Katy Guest: I've read the future, and it doesn't work (or smell nice)
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    I make that sound so simple. What I really did was: took my ereader out of its box... Figured out that its battery was dead... Realised I had lost its lead... Ordered a new lead from the internet... Discovered too late that the delivery needed to be ...

  • DJ Taylor: Banged up abroad, ganged up on at home
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    If "neighbourliness" of the kind advertised in television soap operas, and indeed the Ten Commandments, is not actually a myth, then it is definitely a working-class construct. As a child growing up in an exemplary middle-class home, I was conscious ...

  • Leading article: Ireland's Yes drowned out by Spain
    Saturday, 2 June 2012

    The referendum is, then, another inch towards the closer union that is the only way to resolve the euro crisis. But each step forward is technically complex, constitutionally uncharted and politically fraught. And it is no longer just Greece that thr...

  • Paul Peachey: The shadow of the original bungled investigation still hangs over the police
    Saturday, 2 June 2012

    That two-week gap potentially allowed suspects to dispose of incriminating evidence and organise their stories. It contributed to the fact that, until January 2012, nobody was convicted for a murder that was played out under lights on a busy road of ...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes (03/06/12)
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    Though initially associated with a chain of oyster bars for City gents, the drink that James Pimm perfected in 1840 to wash down shellfish has, in more recent times, become seen as a traditional seasonal indulgence. And at up to £20 a jug (Wimbledon)...

  • Hugh Montgomery: Rant & Rave (03/06/2012)
    Sunday, 3 June 2012

    It's one posterior we won't easily see the back of. Yes, the nation's favourite "scene-stealer", Pippa Middleton's bum, is back in the headlines, determined as the tabloids are to make it the sine qua non of any future royal coverage. Notionally, its...

  • Leading article: A right royal excuse for a good party
    Saturday, 2 June 2012

    In fairness, even the most ardent republican struggles not to admire the Queen herself. She has shown precisely the dedication, the dignity and the appetite for hard work that befit her extraordinary office, and she has undeniably acted as a fixed cu...

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