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  • Amol Rajan: The evidence of how smashing Great Britain can be
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    Let's start with some counter-factuals. History generally remains a remembrance of all the things that didn't happen, rather than contemplation of all the things that did. But it's a valuable exercise to think about what didn't happen over the past f...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: PM should look to the BoJo effect – and take notes
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    First was the ovation given to Boris Johnson when he came on to hand the Olympic flag to his mayoral counterpart from Rio. It seems incredible that, even in these happy-clappy times when we get all misty-eyed about anything or anyone who represents B...

  • Leading article: With the Olympic Games over, the trickier task begins
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    That Lord Coe has been appointed as legacy "tsar" should hardly come as a surprise. In experience, commitment and sheer drive, he is an obvious choice to play a central role in ensuring that the Olympics were not just 16 days of awesome sporting and ...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Police flaws in Tia Sharp probe
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    Later, as an operational inspector, I visited all major incidents in my division to secure the scene for forensic examination. One of my biggest problems was to prevent the area being invaded by officers whose presence served no useful purpose.Now, w...

  • Leading article: The weakness exposed by Paul Ryan
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    Plumping for Mr Ryan suggests Mr Romney felt the need to cement support on his party's right wing – a job he should have completed in winning the nomination. The custom is for candidates to lean to the extreme during the primaries, then move to the c...

  • John Kampfner: The Pussy Riot trial won't bring down Vladimir Putin
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    The church is now at the heart of the struggle for freedom of expression in Russia. In March, the three members of the punk band, Pussy Riot, sneaked in to perform a guerrilla gig, denouncing the former KGB chief for muscling his way back to the top ...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: A welcome challenge to the monopoly of universities
    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    This alone will be welcomed by the Government, which had hoped that giving universities more freedom to set their own fees would lead to more competition than it has. It should be equally welcome to aspiring students, who will also have the option to...

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