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  • Rebecca Armstrong: One small cat snuffing it has affected me deeply
    Monday, 13 August 2012

    Mourning a pet is a new experience for me – I remember being sad, aged eight, when my hamster died after the dog got hold of it. I was sad 10 years later when the dog passed away (but less sad than I would have been if he hadn't slain my hamster, I r...

  • Leading article: A nation whose sense of itself has been utterly transformed
    Monday, 13 August 2012

    Who now remembers the failure of G4S to supply enough security staff, or the wrong Korean flag that almost led to a first-round walk-out? Or the arguments about missile batteries on the roof and warships in the Thames, or the doom-laden forecasts abo...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: After all the euphoria, back to the harsh realities
    Monday, 13 August 2012

    No need to hear that awful moniker Team GB. And no need to wrap yourself in a Union flag for a while. For two weeks, Britain has enjoyed a glorious diversion, but it has been much more than that: the Olympic Games has been nothing short of a phenomen...

  • Letters: We're out of tune with our national anthem
    Monday, 13 August 2012

    Why would we choose an anthem whose title is a deeply disputed principal city? And if we try to explain that this is the "new Jerusalem" (Heaven?) we will only add delusions of grandeur to our national characteristics.And "Jerusalem" is a hymn to Eng...

  • Rhodri Marsden: It's time to forget about piaffes and pirouettes for another four years
    Monday, 13 August 2012

    Alongside the obscure biographical details of W.C. Fields that I trot out whenever his films are shown, and the smattering of Hungarian that allows me to order food in Budapest without provoking muffled laughter, there's obscure sporting ephemera. O...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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