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Sunday, 19 August 2012

  • Rebecca Armstrong: A higher-tech hair removal device – it must be good!
    Monday, 20 August 2012

    It started with a childhood sweetheart. A Barbie hair braider that was supposed to twirl her locks into perfect plaits. The best bit was, according to the ad, that you could use it on your own hair. Oh bright future where I could have Barbie's braids...

  • John Kampfner: What the Italians can teach us about tax avoidance
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    The ability of Italians to laugh off their problems has been both their salvation and their curse. It is the pact that made Silvio Berlusconi attractive for so many – you leave me alone to make my money and to shag nightclub dancers, and I'll leave y...

  • Letters: Right verdict, harsh sentence
    Monday, 20 August 2012

    Personally, I quite like Vladimir Putin, in spite of his "hooded eyes" and somewhat reptilian expression. He may not be a democrat, but, under his rule, people are no longer sent off to hard labour in Siberia for the rest of their lives on trumped-up...

  • Leading article: Drone attacks must not be hidden from the law
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    The row about drones is not going to go away. The US may lead the field, with more hours now flown by unmanned than by manned fighters and UAVs used against targets from Afghanistan to Yemen. But it is far from alone in its appetite for remote warfar...

  • Jonathan Heawood: There's more to protest than hitting retweet
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    But to pin the fate of Pussy Riot on to one man, as though Putin runs Russia single-handedly, is misleading. He runs a powerful machine, certainly, but there are millions of active cogs inside the Russian regime, and there are many other passive part...

  • Leading article: The great British worker
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    Its authors, Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss, offer a lively tour of the economic success of China, Brazil and Canada, and suggest that they offer lessons in how Britain could complete the Thatcher revol...

  • Katy Guest: I used to like Facebook. How did it all go wrong?
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    Last week, stock in the company slumped to a new low. Many investors jumped at the first opportunity to offload their shares, reducing the value of the company to £34bn, from £104bn at its debut. To some who use Facebook, it was just desserts.In many...

  • Luke Blackall: Man About Town
    Monday, 20 August 2012

    The results were impressive, but they will have to be if they are to compete with the likes of Meat Liquor, which has people queuing for hours, the pop-up Patty and Bun or East End favourite, Lucky Chip. The food that would once have been sniffed at ...

  • Leading article: Hardly persecution, Mr Assange
    Monday, 20 August 2012

    For all the bombast, however, the issue here is not WikiLeaks' diplomatic cables, or the US response to them, or the "dangerous and oppressive world" against which Mr Assange purports to be striving so hard. And what he signally failed to mention tod...

  • The Sketch: He tried to appear Churchillian, but ended up more John Inman-ian
    Monday, 20 August 2012

    In his hand was a carefully crafted speech, which he delivered loudly, clearly and confidently, with pauses for dramatic impact, making adroit use of repetition, as when he told the cheering crowd: "The UK did not throw away the Vienna conventions th...

  • Viv Groskop: Finally, a woman's been left in charge
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    Tomorrow Theresa May, the seventh most senior Cabinet minister, takes her place at the pinnacle of government. Whilst David Cameron and Nick Clegg headed for Spain and William Hague finished his stint as acting head of the senior common room, the min...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (19 August 2012)
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    During the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Britain did rather poorly. The government vowed to ensure better performance in the future and pumped millions into sporting activities, especially from the National Lottery. Result: huge success in 2012. But at ...

  • Sophie Heawood: The new cool is... ciggies with no logo
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    Oh I'd love to say that nobody smokes because it's cool or has associations with cool things or colours or places or moods. I'd particularly love to pretend that, as a 36-year-old occasional friend of fags, I find the illicit thrill of sometimes harb...

  • Sir Menzies Campbell: Stalemate leaves few options
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    We can continue with the diplomatic efforts of the United Nations, but the obduracy of Russia and China in the Security Council, and the overt support for Assad from Moscow, stand firmly in the way of progress. When Kofi Annan, UN special envoy to Da...

  • DJ Taylor: Britain is ready for a highbrow PM
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    Bracing as all this undoubtedly was, you couldn't help wondering why Mr Brown hadn't made a few such speeches when he was in power, instead of reserving them for a book festival audience several years after power had slipped from his grasp. It is no...

  • Jane Merrick: Play nicely, Isis, and let Icarus have the toy
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    Naming your precious newborn something so unusual is to be admired, perhaps, but it's not for me. So when our daughter was born two years ago, we agonised over her name for five days. Some names sounded so rare, old-fashioned or plain ludicrous we ...

  • Paul Vallely: Euston, we have a problem
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    The reason for my impulsive engagement with the political process was a rumour that I'd heard circulating in south Manchester, where I live. It was that the Government was about to remove the West Coast train line, which joins us to the capital, fro...

  • Harriet Walker: There's no anxiety in morphine dreams
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    I have been dining on morphine,  co-codamol, tramadol and don’t- give-a-damnadol before settling back into the glory of the wooze-induced, preternatural slumber that only prescription painkillers can bring. It starts at your feet, as they turn warm  ...

  • Arifa Akbar: Dementia is unbearable – and the system makes it worse
    Monday, 20 August 2012

    Worst of all, there were accounts of sufferers being shipped to homes miles away from their families to die alone.What did we learn from sharing our stories? That dementia is a serious illness that deserves to be seen on an epidemic scale, but also t...

  • Leading article: A candidate still one Jag short of the full Prescott
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    There are many plus points to the Jag, not least for the politician-driver keen to tout their support for British industry. It is not, however, a marque reputed for its fuel efficiency.That said, the revelation is trickier for Ms Bartolotti than it s...

  • Julian Knight: The Emperor's New Clothes (19/08/12)
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    Derided by team mates openly in their autobiographies – no fines or bans for breaking the omerta of the dressing room for Graeme Swann – KP is then publicly lampooned on social media by a hanger-on who is egged on by "team" mates.This is excused as b...

  • Robert Epstein: Rant & Rave (19/08/12)
    Sunday, 19 August 2012

    News arrives at our door that the average rent now being paid by private tenants in England and Wales has hit a record high of £725 a month. Not that we were at our door to receive it, because we were out working at a second job to be able to affor...

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