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Saturday, 14 July 2012

  • Leading article: Ten questions for Theresa May
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    Every time we are tempted to say that glitches are to be expected and that some disruption of London life is a price worth paying, it seems that the organisers are ever more determined to make the BBC's spoof Twenty Twelve look like a promotional do...

  • Philippa Stockley: What your red-soled stilettos say about you
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    That Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City seemed almost welded to her towering red-soled Louboutin stilettos, also beloved of real women such as Rihanna, Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham, is well known. But, last week, Homebase reported that sales of te...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (15 July 2012)
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    Local authorities would have to wait longer for loans to the elderly to be repaid. The shortfall in revenue would have to be funded from somewhere, so perhaps we should prepare for further budget cuts and increases in council tax. What will happen...

  • Lucy Cavendish: Sienna picked my little girl's perfect name
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    "Ottoline?", I said.My daughter looked up, eyes wide, "Ottoline? That's my name."Yes. It is true. My daughter is called Ottoline, and even though I found out later that Miller has actually named her daughter Marlowe Ottoline, the damage is done. A ce...

  • Nick Pickles: The security industry has politicians in its thrall
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    After 9/11, New Labour subjected the public to regular warnings that an attack was imminent and that we had to trust the Government to make decisions about how our liberty should be protected.Every decision, every argument, was framed in the context ...

  • DJ Taylor: Trend alert! Old is the new young
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    One hears this kind of thing quite a lot these days. Promoting his last-but-one novel, The Pregnant Widow, Martin Amis went so far as to prophesy an intergenerational guerrilla war, in which bands of furious pensioners would wreak a deadly vengeance ...

  • Katy Guest: Rings signal messages, not all of them good
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    It's not necessarily because we think they are potential cheats that women want men to be visibly married. Jools Oliver may check Jamie's emails and phone for evidence that he might be playing away Ω as she revealed last week Ω but most women avoid ...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: Why modern travel fills me with horror
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    When the day comes, I remember how much I loathe flying. I seethe at the humiliation of airport security checks. I come over all Prince Charles and fume at Richard Rogers and his ugly, sterile architecture. It's the horrific white blandness of airpor...

  • Letters: There are two sides to tennis clubs
    Saturday, 14 July 2012

    For an extra £7, their parents can take out a membership that allows them to play with their children only. Full adult membership is £130. I do not consider these fees expensive.We have four all-weather courts, two of them floodlit, and we need to pu...

  • John Mann: Andrew Tyrie must leave his committee to do its job
    Saturday, 14 July 2012

    As ever politicians remain susceptible to flattery and pretensions of power. Andrew Tyrie has half his conclusions already written as he usurps the powers of his committee. But has he got the bottle to ask the big questions? Are RBS and HSBC even mor...

  • The big questions: Was John Terry wronged? Do we need the Lords? And would you jail bankers?
    Saturday, 14 July 2012

    If we are going to have criminal prosecutions at all, surely they should be related to the damage that the offender causes. By that yardstick, venal bankers who have caused misery for millions should face far greater punishment than those (primarily ...

  • Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (15/07/12)
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    Marks & Spencer is blaming the rain, it seems, for the disappointing performance of its summer range of clothes. The retailer can't be unaware, though, that the clothes are also not selling well because many of them are really horrible. Why is ...

  • David Randall: The Emperor's New Clothes (15/07/12)
    Sunday, 15 July 2012

    That, at any rate, is the popular theory, and you would think that, as a regular commuter on the London Underground, I would agree. After all, on most journeys I have to endure the intrusive racket of an impersonal stereo, or watch as one of the cap...

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