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  • Archie Bland: We have to stop patronising Paralympics athletes
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    And yet. For a lot of people, it still doesn't quite seem the same. Not for nothing has International Paralympic Committee chief Sir Philip Craven called for the word disabled to be dropped, arguing that it indicates that it puts the sport in a ghett...

  • Amol Rajan: Patriotism makes me a republican, not a lack of it
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    The stupidest thing said about republicanism is that republicans lack patriotism. I've said a few times before here, and will doubtless say again: I'm not a republican despite being a patriot, I'm a republican because I'm a patriot. I love my country...

  • Laura Davis: Private images should stay out of the public domain
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    After the private video was released on the internet earlier this year, the High Court ruled in July that her boyfriend (at the time of making the video in 2010) was responsible for causing its publication, without the knowledge or consent of Tulisa....

  • Grace Dent: So cannabis affects your IQ. Or is it the hours spent eating Peperami and watching Cheech and Chong?
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    If you spent the Nineties doctoring WD-40 cans, your parent's best cutlery set, fish tanks, demi-johns and buckets in a bid to ensure your personal weed level never fell below "really bloody mangled", there's a chance your A-level revision for French...

  • Simon Kelner: Lost for words? It's probably an age thing
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    An overwhelming majority of the additions to our daily language relate to new technology, and seem to me to be only used in common discourse by the young. Among the phrases invented by those who spend too much time attached to electronic gadgetry are...

  • Simon Kelner: Demonstrating your Britishness? Join the queue
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    We may be sinking deeper into recession, but we certainly know how to put on a show. And maybe there is something in the idea of Britain as a giant theme park to attract visitors from all corners of the globe. The Olympics proved we could do it. We m...

  • Letters: Visions of Britain in the future
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    That relationship has been looming over us, ever since Macmillan gave up our nuclear independence back in the 1960s. By 2037, shall we have perhaps have shaken it off and settled back into our actual ancestral, geographical home, on this side of the ...

  • Leading article: These Games are about ability and inspiration
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    Indeed, many believe that this second course in a great banquet of athletics, archery, cycling, judo, rowing, sailing, swimming, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby will be all the more inspiring for the fact that the contestants have surmounted so ma...

  • Leading article: Less lobbying, more debate
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    Yesterday, it was the MP Tim Yeo, chairman of the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee, who asked David Cameron whether he was "man or mouse" – the "man", in his book, being brave enough to reverse tracks in order to stem Britain's otherwise i...

  • Stefan Stern: If Poundland's expanding, we must be in trouble
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    If Mr Higginson is going to bring his "blue-chip" expertise on pricing points and value for money to the low-price sector, his is not a unique example. In an interview on Monday, the European boss of the food and detergents giant Unilever, Jan Zijder...

  • Rachael Latham: This is our turn to shine – in the sporting arenas and in the TV studios, too
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    When I was born, they had to yank me out and the nerve endings in my left arm were damaged. I was diagnosed with Erb's Palsy. Doctors suggested I go swimming to help with rehabilitation, but being young, I just wanted to be quick. That meant I only ...

  • Luke Blackall: Man About Town
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    But that's Ok as I was, of course, joking (unless, that is, someone actually wants to do it... anyone?). The move from journalist to restaurateur is not so far fetched, I discovered this week as I went to the launch of the Draft House Charlotte, pict...

  • Letters: Quiet rural roads safe for cyclists
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    I have also covered hundreds of miles in many beautiful areas of the country, the Black Mountains, mid-Wales, the Cotswolds, the Malverns, the Chilterns, the Lake District, the North Downs and large parts of Surrey, Sussex and Kent.These roads are am...

  • Rhodri Marsden: Conversations in the pub aren't what they used to be
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    During a lull in the discussion, a local chap was persuaded to get up from his chair and sing a rousing version of "Calon Lâ*". This kind of impromptu hymn-singing doesn't happen in England. If someone got up in my local Wetherspoons and started gett...

  • Steve Connor: This isn't just natural variation – it's caused by global warming
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    Rising to the bait, I asked him what he thought about one of the most obvious manifestations of a warmer world, the continuing retreat of the Arctic sea ice in the summer months. How do you explain that? I asked him.Simple, he said. The sea ice varie...

  • Oliver Wright: No simple remedy for the big healthcare dilemma
    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    How much is two months of extra life worth when the cost is many thousands of pounds and there is no hope of recovery? How do you decide whether a cancer drug which is only effective in 5 per cent of patients should be given to everyone just in case...

  • Leading article: A conference. In Florida. In August. What could go wrong?
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    Now the 5,500 delegates are assembled, however, all the reasons why not come crowding in. This is hurricane season, and Isaac is gathering speed around the Gulf. The dates span the anniversary of Katrina – a byword for the last Republican President's...

  • Natalie Haynes: The Essex lion is ludicrous, but that doesn't stop us wanting it to be true
    Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    Luckily, we've never had to deal with anything more alarming than a red panda escaping from London Zoo, which clearly locks up its big cats with care. As does Colchester Zoo, for the Essex lion has, like every other big cat on the loose, disappeared ...

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