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Monday, 20 August 2012

  • Amol Rajan: Horrific case shows how lucky we are in Britain
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    He followed Pickles for several miles. When Pickles finally pulled over, his pursuer smashed his head with a crow bar. Pickles was left for dead. He survived, but fell into a coma from which he is yet to emerge.Thai police were able to identify the o...

  • 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...

  • Stefan Stern: Civil Service buckling under strain of Coalition
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    There is a weary inevitability to the life-cycle of politicians' relationships with civil servants. The euphoria of the Cameron/Clegg Downing Street press conference of May 2010 seemed to be reflected in initial murmurs from officials. The new Govern...

  • Matilda Battersby: Opportunity to at least ask 'why' is so important
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    It was London's first taste of Tottenham riots, and like last year's, shone a spotlight on huge economic and social inequality, as well as serious problems in the police force. Winston Silcott, Mark Braithwaite and Engin Raghip were convicted of the ...

  • Leading article: MPs must update our laws on life and death
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    This is the distressing plight of Tony Nicklinson, whose anguished plea for help to end his life was rejected by the High Court last week. Mr Nicklinson has been paralysed from the neck down since a stroke seven years ago and he says that his life is...

  • 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...

  • Letters: 'Lazy' workers and greedy bosses
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    According to them it's the workers' fault we're in the mess we are, because we dare to want decent wages, trade unions and a care system that looks after those in need. And if only we weren't all so lazy, according to the people who are now enjoying ...

  • Leading article: Swim with the tide, Prime Minister
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    The case in favour of the Severn Barrage, always persuasive, is now more compelling than ever. Britain not only needs more green electricity and improved energy security, our ailing economy also needs a shot in the arm from large-scale building schem...

  • Oliver Wright: Boyle's tribute to the NHS becomes reality
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    As the Los Angeles Times sports writer Diane Pucin put it: "For the life of me I am still baffled by the NHS tribute." But even though Mr Boyle and the millions who watched his homage didn't know at the time, the world is about to hear a lot more ab...

  • David Thomas: Come and share my Eton playing fields
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    No kidding. The vast gulf between state and private provision has just been forcibly illustrated by the fact that the Olympic rowing was held at Eton College's private rowing lake. For decades, the school made do with the Thames. But the river is clu...

  • Rhodri Marsden: I've spent 40 years not being naughty and I'm now terrible at lying
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    I've now spent 40 years adhering strictly to regulations and the only time I found myself in a police cell – having my bum probed for class A drugs by a Belgian border guard – I could proudly allow him to perform his duties in the knowledge that ...

  • Natalie Haynes: We may be fat, but we don't like the Government going on about it
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    According to its recent research, we don't like being told what to eat or drink by the Government, or at least 48 per cent of us don't. And since the Government's consumption advice is rarely to have a second plate of chips and a chunk of cheese, who...

  • Geoffrey Macnab: The critics carped but audiences loved Scott's action-packed movies
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    "Soft and aimless," complained The New York Times about his 1990 thriller Revenge. "Borderline incomprehensible," LA Times critic Kenneth Turan groused about Domino, his 2005 biopic of female bounty hunter Domino Harvey. Many of his other features w...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: George Galloway is anything but gorgeous
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    With a dismissive "these things happen", Mr Galloway is trivialising one of the more unpleasant crimes that one human being can commit against another. He is parroting the outdated view that a person's body is their own only up to a point. Worst of a...

  • Deborah Ross: Must-read for tourists: the rough guide to getting out of London alive
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    If such tourists do so, every single indigenous Londoner – easily identifiable as anyone not wearing cargo shorts or money belt and who would prefer to be shot in the head than ever voluntarily visit Oxford Street – would be extremely grateful. Here ...

  • Nick Helm: It's all in the delivery (honest...)
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    Did I think it was my best joke? No. I don't think anyone in the audience would even think that it was the best joke in the show. It's ridiculous to choose just one joke out of all of the millions here in Edinburgh. It's such a personal thing. Last...

  • Tim Walker: Ridley's enduring bond with the brother who smoked cigars for breakfast
    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    When I interviewed Ridley Scott, Tony's older brother, this year, he said, "Tony's very macho. He'll still climb bloody El Capitan; I tell him he's a f***ing idiot." El Capitan is a 3,000ft vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park: a dauntin...

  • 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...

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