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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...

  • Simon Kelner: Our mundane world will miss that Vidal spark
    Thursday, 2 August 2012

    Of course, he would have publicly dismissed it as the solipsistic burbling of a million fools, but many of Vidal's more memorable quotes from a lifetime of political and social commentary were within the parameter of 140 characters. One by one, they ...

  • REDIRECT Anthony Seldon: Let the Games inspire us to a new vision for all schools
    Thursday, 2 August 2012

    How will schools be different because of the triumphs yesterday of Bradley Wiggins, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning – and doubtless many others in the coming days? Or because of the vision of Britain that Danny Boyle gave us in his stunning opening...

  • Leading article: Civil Service reform is as desirable as it is hard
    Thursday, 2 August 2012

    Nor is it hard to defend the Civil Service as currently constituted. Since forever, or so it seems, it has been regarded as setting the gold standard for government administration around the world. Among the strands contributing to that reputation ar...

  • Anthony Seldon: Let the Games inspire a new vision for schools
    Thursday, 2 August 2012

    How will schools be different because of the triumphs yesterday of Bradley Wiggins, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning – and doubtless many others in the coming days? Or because of the vision of Britain that Danny Boyle gave us in his stunning opening...

  • 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 ...

  • Letters: Olympics - I came, I saw, I loved every minute
    Thursday, 2 August 2012

    Two of us were lucky enough to get two tickets to the Eventing at Greenwich, so we flew into Heathrow and journeyed into central London to find our hotel. From landing at Heathrow until leaving four days later, our trip was a complete joy.We found th...

  • Leading article: Now is the time to visit London
    Thursday, 2 August 2012

    Why the surprise, though? That there should be fewer non-Olympic tourists visiting the capital is entirely predictable. Any notion that visitors would choose to pay inflated travel costs and overblown hotel bills without going to the Games themselves...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: Last of the great American cosmopolitans
    Thursday, 2 August 2012

    Alongside a staggering output of 25 novels and any number of memoirs, essays, plays and film scripts, he was as renowned for his outspoken critique of his country's "imperialist" foreign policy as for his venomous public spats with Norman Mailer and ...

  • Natalie Haynes: No one can steal the thunder from wonderful Bradley 'Wiggo' Wiggins
    Thursday, 2 August 2012

    No man is an island, except for PhelpsMichael Phelps has become the most successful Olympian of all time. At least, he has if you measure these things in medals, because he now has 19, 15 of which are gold. To put that in perspective, Phelps is pract...

  • 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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