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  • Grace Dent: A Nineties revival? Has everyone forgotten what was wrong with them the first time round?
    Wednesday, 4 July 2012

    Wonky rose-tinted hindsight has painted the 90s as a rich and wondrous era. Welcome back, Stone Roses. Oh, Ian, your beautiful voice moved a generation, especially for the 3.4 million bores who now claim to have been at Spike Island. Oh, hooray, Damo...

  • Leading article: Parliament is not the place for this inquiry
    Tuesday, 3 July 2012

    Mr Diamond, apparently oblivious to all that, has come to personify what is wrong with the British banking system. After the 2008 financial crash, the complex instruments with which Mr Diamond made Barclays' billions seem socially useless and financi...

  • Archie Bland: Coming out is one thing. Being dragged out is another
    Wednesday, 4 July 2012

    In one sense, Anderson Cooper's sexuality is no big deal. The obvious cause for celebration in his declaration is that it has mostly been viewed as unremarkable in itself. The US magazine Entertainment Weekly ran a story last week about the gladd...

  • Emily Jupp: The body of evidence stacked against our toys
    Wednesday, 4 July 2012

    Then one day, I was wearing a gold top and bouncing along with my pink-blonde locks and I caught sight of my reflection in a shop window. A realisation slowly dawned. I looked just like the Sindy doll I owned as a child. She too had pink hair, she to...

  • Leading article: We only need one exam board
    Tuesday, 3 July 2012

    In its analysis, the report was unequivocal. Competition between examination boards coupled with pressure on schools to do well in performance league tables has led to a "race to the bottom" as boards seek to make themselves more "accessible" to scho...

  • Ben Chu: Case for splitting up banks is now unanswerable
    Tuesday, 3 July 2012

    First some background. We taxpayers were forced to bail out our bust banks in 2008 because allowing these institutions to collapse would have plunged us into economic chaos. This prompted calls for the Government to split up the banks, separating the...

  • Christina Patterson: Didn't anyone ask Katie Holmes what she was doing?
    Tuesday, 3 July 2012

    But surely someone must have asked Katie Holmes just what she thought she was doing when she agreed to marry Tom Cruise? Surely one of her friends would have sat her down and said that yes, the teeth were nice, but that the trouble with marriage wa...

  • Amol Rajan: This is the behaviour that makes a truly good sport
    Tuesday, 3 July 2012

    As a batsman, you cannot be judged leg before wicket (lbw) if the ball hits your bat first. But during that game, Hussain was given out lbw by umpire Steve Bucknor, despite the ball ricocheting off the middle of his bat. You can still see on YouTu...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Love poetry may seem like a good idea – but most of us can't do it
    Tuesday, 3 July 2012

    Love poetry can seem like a good idea. In theory it entwines your sensitive side with your creative streak in an exquisite, star-crossed union. But most of us are ill-equipped to take this on. We wouldn't rewire someone's house in an expression of l...

  • Letters: One by one, pillars of British probity collapse
    Wednesday, 4 July 2012

    Westminster, one of the great parliamentary democracies, sullied by self-serving politicians. The press, viewed as a defender of freedoms, has been mired in shabby scandal. The armed forces are being emasculated by ill-informed politicians. Finally, ...

  • Leading article: Not so dismal a prospect for graduates, after all
    Tuesday, 3 July 2012

    Starting salaries are up, after three years of stagnation, and the decline in job vacancies has slowed. This year's record crop of graduates means competition remains tough, but the overall picture is more cheerful than it has been for a while.Just a...

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