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Thursday, 2 August 2012

  • Linda Grant: The last time so many people enjoyed themselves this much in London must have been VE Day
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    These passionate Olympics obsessives take no pleasure in the Games except to pore over Panorama specials on the negative impact they will have on London, the stymieing of free expression by the sponsors, the corporate junketing, the corruption of the...

  • Leading article: Mark Duggan's death still needs explaining
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the incident which sparked the rioting – the police shooting of a black man, a gangster whom they claimed (wrongly, it turned out) was exchanging fire with officers. It is, therefore, a salutary moment to consider...

  • 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...

  • Simon Kelner: Red-button coverage keeps us abreast of the Games
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    We are almost halfway through these Olympics, and even hardened sceptics or those with no interest in sport must have found something of delight or interest, and not just the fact that you can get from Knightsbridge to Piccadilly Circus in less than ...

  • Amol Rajan: Stigma, not the law, will make me wear a helmet
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    In one of those plunging moments that can define our family lives, my girlfriend heard on the radio that a man "around 30" had been killed near the Olympic Park. She had a sense – not because I'd told her; rather, because she's a genius – that her bo...

  • Grace Dent: It's not just the sport – London 2012 is a festival of daftness, too
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    I loved Pooty-poot Putin swanning in to supervise the judo (we all knew he had his kit in the car) and that footage of the floppy-limbed, disqualified Badminton players playing the game with the enthusiasm I showed in Year 10 before sloping off for a...

  • Grace Dent: It's not just the sport – London 2012 is a festival of daftness, too
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    I loved Pooty-poot Putin swanning in to supervise the judo (we all knew he had his kit in the car) and that footage of the floppy-limbed, disqualified Badminton players playing the game with the enthusiasm I showed in Year 10 before sloping off for a...

  • Letters: A bitter blow for disabled people
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Having already been the subject of intense controversy earlier this week over the way it operates "fitness to work" tests, it is hugely concerning to see that Atos has been given the green light for the Personal Independence Payment contract.Assessme...

  • Leading article: A bout of judo diplomacy
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Sure enough, Mr Putin was duly accompanied to the judo by David Cameron, after informal talks in Downing Street earlier in the day. Given that the Russian President has not been to Britain for nearly a decade – relations between the two countries wer...

  • Kim Sengupta: Syrian anger will echo down through the generations
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Abed al-Rahman, 11, was not a combatant in Syria's civil war. There was no military target in the street where he lived with his family in Al-Bab, just outside Aleppo. No rebel fighters were present when the two missiles were fired. But there were re...

  • Owen Jones: One tragedy doesn't make the case for compulsory cycle helmets
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    The death of a 28-year-old cyclist near the Olympic Park on Wednesday is a horrifying reminder of the risks of the road. Another cyclist witnessed the moment the poor victim went under a bus; his blog is a harrowing account of a young man's last seco...

  • Sean O'Grady: The German authorities seem to favour management by crisis
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    For the first half-decade of its existence, it developed an enviable reputation as the world's pre-eminent central bank. It presided over first the Wirtschaftswunder ("economic miracle") with growth rates that would not discredit India or Brazil tod...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: What's a gong, when you've got a gold?
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    Barely had Wiggo completed his dazzling time trial win and there were calls for his inclusion in the honours list, "Arise, Sir Wiggo" bandied as the very least a grateful nation can do. It is testament to the champion's refreshing lack of pretension ...

  • Simon Usborne: I survived rollercoaster ride against Jason Kenny
    Friday, 3 August 2012

    I was being trained for the afternoon by Iain Dyer, Britain's sprint coach and the brains behind the blistering speed of Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. My competitor for the day: Jason Kenny, with whom Hoy smashed the team sprint world record ...

  • 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...

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