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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003