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  • Leading article: The days of our lives
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    British athletes' success is a triumph, therefore, not merely of individual talent and effort, but also of public funding. David Cameron's and Boris Johnson's attempts to garner reflected credit will not survive the night if they do not acknowledge ...

  • Tim Lott: We have surprised ourselves – and our potential is unlimited
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    But perhaps the Olympics more than any other event for a generation – the death of Diana being the last such moment – has raised the question, and writ in larger letters than ever before. And for once, unlike with Diana, I think we truly have some an...

  • Joanna Moorhead: It's not your looks that count, it's giving your heart and soul
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    But usually, what my kids and their friends are watching is that God-forsaken The Only Way Is Essex or its urban cousin Made in Chelsea. Or they're lapping up other brainless mush like Jersey Shore or – the worst, in many ways – Big Brother. If I lin...

  • Leading article: The first real challenge for the Egyptian president
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    Whatever doubts there are about the military effectiveness of Egyptian air strikes in the area on Wednesday, it is clear that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood President, Mohamed Morsi, is trying to persuade both world and domestic opinion of his readiness ...

  • James Lawton: Let's hope our offensive, overpaid footballers have been watching the Games
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    It is a cry given a sharp edge of urgency by tomorrow's curtain opening of a new football season by the two richest clubs in the land, champions Manchester City and Chelsea. If the Olympics have provided the uplift of new horizons, few need reminding...

  • Ian Birrell: Cameron must now embrace the spirit of the Games
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    Few will feel the pain more than David Cameron, with the cracks in his Coalition growing deeper, his critics more vocal and his party marooned behind Labour in the polls. He is not helped by the idiocy of those supposedly on his own side, whether Lib...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (12 August 2012)
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    The Olympics have shown us what can be done when support and funding are available to turn ordinary people into inspirational medal winners. "It's time to have fun," said your article, and that's what we have been doing. Yes, there were the embarras...

  • Katy Guest: Gloriously gritty, we Tykes...
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    Now would be the moment to found the Genuine Yorkshire Grit Company, with the Olympics medals table showing that an independent Yorkshire would be riding high in the top 15 thanks to, among others, Jessica Ennis (Sheffield), Nicola Adams (Leeds), th...

  • DJ Taylor: God save our national anthem
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    The Union Jack, a collection of somewhat anguished voices agrees, has been "redeemed" – that is, snatched out of the undesirable grasp of the xenophobic and/or militaristic right and turned into a multicultural symbol. But what of the National Anthe...

  • Matthew Bell: The night I stalked Britain's 'golden girl' Jessica
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    Anyway, it was the night I met Jessica Ennis. I know. Get me. She was the star billing at a party at Omega House on Wednesday. Normally, this is the House of St Barnabas, a tumbledown Georgian place on London's Soho Square, established as a charity f...

  • Paul Vallely: Sometimes the only person to beat is yourself
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    The past two weeks have told the stories of men and women wrestling in an arena bounded by triumph and failure, elation and pain, euphoria and disappointment. They are our modern myths which show that the human spirit is truest under pressure, win o...

  • Marcio Delgado: Next stop Rio, and the biggest party ever
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    But then, the event started. And everything suddenly changed. The national mood seemed to switch overnight, for the better. The public transport system didn't crash, nor did the city become impossible to manage – actually, I think, it got even calmer...

  • Tom Hodgkinson: How grammar can keep you out of jail
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    Somehow, then, our progressive education system, which has been in place roughly for the past 40 years, has still failed a significant proportion of the population when it comes to literacy.On a less socially damaging level, young people seem complet...

  • Letters: Salute Olympic winners without parent power
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    Solid, proud mums and dads are also praising their offspring, and using their few moments of TV fame to enjoy a little modest self-satisfaction of their own, reflecting on a job well done.But if Seb Coe's aim is to "inspire a generation", where does ...

  • Leading article: Aid is no answer to the food crisis
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    There is certainly much to discuss. An appalling 170 million children across the world are malnourished: some will die; those that live will not reach their full physical or mental potential. The contrast with the soaring human capability on display ...

  • Leading article: Here's to unusual Olympic sports
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    It helps, of course, that Britain's Shanaze Reade was in yesterday's BMX final. And that Nicola Adams and Jade Jones respectively punched and kicked their ways to gold in the flyweight boxing and 57kg taekwondo the day before. But it is not just Team...

  • Natalie Haynes: Olive green is too tasteful – how about mustard yellow, or Piers Morgan on cigarette packs?
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    I had to remind myself that people still smoked indoors until five years ago, because in my mind it belongs to another era completely. And now the Government has announced an extension to the consultation period on replacing cigarette packaging with ...

  • The big questions: Is life still too short to stuff a mushroom? Are relationships the key to happiness?
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    Boris is certainly the gold medal winner in the Olympics but it doesn't qualify him to run the country or to run the Tories. He's a marvellous 18th-century maverick. Londoners love him when he quotes Greek poets but that doesn't translate into the qu...

  • Harriet Walker: Want to own a home? You'll need a man first
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    But a segment on the BBC's Woman's Hour earlier this week revealed the depths of discontent, anxiety and resentment among young women who are being cut out of the housing market, and for whom the rise in house prices – not to mention the disproportio...

  • Alice Jones: Hold the artisanal coffee. I'll put the kettle on
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    The business will be run by the Tolleys, the Australian family that started the London barista spots Taylor St Baristas. These are the kind of caffeine emporia whose Instagrammy website tells you the name of the boss barista in each branch, goes into...

  • Grace Dent: Take the fight to men – we'd give them a good kicking
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    Jones is beautiful, agile, springy and professionally vicious. She's hard. This has been a great Olympics for hard, formidable women; for Nicola Adams, for Katie Taylor and for every other woman dispatching their opponents on to the floor of the ExCe...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes (12/08/12)
    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    And so, in place of Christine Ohuruogu, losing her crown with as much grace and dignity as it is possible to imagine, we will have Stevie Gerrard wincing and whining his way through another post-England-defeat press conference. Instead of the thrilli...

  • Guy Keleny: How could he be a legend? His existence is not in doubt
    Saturday, 11 August 2012

    Usain Bolt says he is a legend. Jacques Rogge disputes "legend" but allows that the sprinter is an icon. So, can you say definitively who is and who is not a legend? Probably not."Legend" is a word of Latin derivation, meaning something to be read. I...

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