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  • Archie Bland: In charity advertising, the end can justify the means
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    It always struck me as a bit jarring, that ad, when it popped up halfway through Friends. But it reminds me that advertising is not simply a matter of sex and special offers. Guilt is just as powerful a force as desire. It is also, for some advertise...

  • Guy Adams: I thought the internet age had ended this kind of censorship
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    A fourth thing they do not want people to see is the email address of Gary Zenkel, the executive responsible for this shambles. And a fifth thing is my Twitter feed, which over the weekend contained a couple of dozen occasionally uncouth observations...

  • Guy Adams: Twitter backs down at last - but why did I get banned?
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    "I feel," I replied, "like Nelson Mandela walking through the streets of Cape Town, circa 1990." The producer looked at me, aghast. "Whatever you do," she commanded, "do not go and say that when we put you on air."Joking aside, the situation neatly s...

  • Simon Kelner: One man's 'elitist nonsense' is another man's lunch
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    If you can get a gold medal for beach volleyball (as much of a sport as sunbathing or disco dancing), why can't chefs compete against each other, given that theirs is a discipline requiring creativity, hand-eye co-ordination and physical prowess? Wer...

  • Grace Dent: Using ninja internet tactics, I finally enter Olympic Park
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    Snaffling tickets for Spain vs Croatia yesterday in the men's water polo – via ninja internet tactics – came at just the right time. I'd run out of clean cups and groceries. In fact, by the time Team GB had taken silver (downgraded to bronze) in the ...

  • Leading article: Let's seize the chance to tackle sexism in sport
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    Ms Armitstead's criticisms are not the only intrusion of ugly gender prejudice into the all-inclusive fantasy of the London Olympics. A top (female) canoeist will be at the High Court on Thursday, challenging the absence of women's canoeing from the ...

  • Grace Dent: Using ninja internet tactics, I finally enter Olympic Park
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    Snaffling tickets for Spain vs Croatia yesterday in the men's water polo – via ninja internet tactics – came at just the right time. I'd run out of clean cups and groceries. In fact, by the time Team GB had taken silver (downgraded to bronze) in the ...

  • Wendy Higgins: Animal testing is the beauty industry’s well-kept ugly secret
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    The campaign to end cosmetics cruelty has its roots in Britain, where public outrage at the suffering of animals for vanity products like lipstick and shampoo grew throughout the 1970s and 1980s, leading a newly-elected Labour government to end the p...

  • Letters: Romney's cynical bid for power
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    The Wailing Wall is for Jews to pray at and not for Romney to purloin gullible American votes at. Yet I fear his victory next November no more than I do Obama's. For us Palestinians, they are as bad as each other.Dr Faysal MikdadiDorchesterThe Palest...

  • Leading article: A damning judgment on the SFO
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    The court ruled that, in pursuing the Tchenguiz brothers in connection with the collapsed Icelandic bank, Kaupthing, the SFO obtained search warrants unlawfully to allow it to conduct dawn raids, in a blaze of publicity, at the height of the credit c...

  • Russell Lynch: Is it any wonder that the summer spending boom has turned into a Fosbury flop?
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    So what do we definitely know about the economic impact? Despite the disappointing ranks of empty seats at venues, the Office for National Statistics estimates that sales of tickets – bought last year but only counted in the official figures now – wi...

  • Jenny Colgan: Warm and friendly, but Maeve Binchy's stories were never merely cosy
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    And they didn't look like the kind of books I would like, either. They didn't have horses on the cover, or Aslan, or ballerinas (or, later on, Jilly Cooper riding crops or Stephen King monsters). They were pastels, watercolours, wishy-washy. They had...

  • Andrew Buncombe: Delhi is a city where connections count for a lot
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    VIPs living in the white bungalows of New Delhi designed by Edward Lutyens almost never have to think about power-cuts. Coming under the control of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, they enjoy a steady supply of power and benefit from additional ...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Love is all you need... apart from a devil-may-care attitude to lists
    Tuesday, 31 July 2012

    I find businesslike attitudes and streamlined organisation to be deeply alluring, but you can't admit to this any more than you'd confess to a dogmuck fetish. Take a glance at any internet dating website, and you'll see that we inhabit a world where...

  • Leading article: Not just a storm in the Twittersphere
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    Twitter claimed the tweet violated its rules about publishing private email addresses. Hardly. The address Mr Adams tweeted was a very public NBC one, only as private as anything else openly available on the internet. Worse still, it now seems the co...

  • Simon Calder: Hoteliers just have to learn to trust in
    Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    Parts of the hotel business have not yet fully bought into the idea that the market will decide prices – and bizarrely, this is largely due to the internet and the travel-booking websites that generally do consumers such favours. Every enterprise li...

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