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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: Choppy waters await the BBC's new helmsman
    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    But it is precisely that bigger picture which provokes pause. Mr Entwistle is an unproven leader, a relatively unknown member of the BBC's senior backroom staff. He has been fast-tracked through an array of internal BBC appointments, finally ending u...

  • Amol Rajan: This celebration is far more important than my own
    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    However, mine was not the most important birthday in the life of the nation. That accolade is better preserved for a charity called the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), which turned 30 yesterday. When he died of Aids at the age of 37 in 1982, Terry Hi...

  • Simon O'Hagan: It's not just the medals that make a good Games
    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    Of the growing number of depressing things about the Games – the £9bn cost, the VIP lanes, the ticket prices, the kowtowing to the IOC, the corporatisation, the logo control-freakery, the rooftop anti-aircraft missiles, the composition of a special p...

  • Leading article: The day Bob Diamond outshone MPs
    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    He dropped no bombshells. He did, however, offer some useful clarification – though not on what is emerging as the most contentious question: the nature of the contacts between the Government, the Bank of England and Barclays through 2008. The first ...

  • Letters: Banks - bin the bonuses, bring back boringness
    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    The blokey behaviour on the trading floor is a wonder to behold and should be consigned to history. Instead bring in mature, female and highly qualified graduates into trading positions as well as into key management roles.These measures will change ...

  • Dr Hilary Cass: We must ensure paediatric units provide the right service for children
    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    The way that children's hospital services are currently arranged means that we're in danger of not providing children with the highest possible standard of healthcare. At the moment there are a large number of small units providing general care, but ...

  • Richard Coles: A typically Anglican compromise on women bishops
    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    How can a change so long awaited, so carefully debated, fall at the last fence? The Synod, an organisation with the clout of a Neighbourhood Watch Association tasked to transact the business of The Council of Nicea, was expected to endorse the decisi...

  • Viv Groskop: 'Fifty Shades' has done wonders for book selling, but nothing for literature
    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    It's impossible not to hold an opinion about this "mommy porn" for the 21st century, in which the rakishly handsome millionaire Christian Grey converts the glowingly virginal Ana into a sex slave. And a completely unknown author of fan fiction – EL J...

  • REDIRECT Leading article: The day Diamond outshone MPs
    Wednesday, 4 July 2012

    He dropped no bombshells. He did, however, offer some useful clarification – though not on what is emerging as the most contentious question: the nature of the contacts between the Government, the Bank of England and Barclays through 2008. The first ...

  • 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: A landmark in science by any name
    Thursday, 5 July 2012

    We can thank the Nobel prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman, and his 1993 popular science book, for the catchy nickname. He wanted to put the Higgs particle at the heart of modern theoretical physics as something that could explain why matter has ma...

  • 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, ...

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