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  • Leading article: The UN still has time to avert a Syrian bloodbath
    Monday, 6 August 2012

    Mr Hijab was appointed only two months ago in what was seen as a belated effort by Mr Assad to broaden his government's appeal. No runes have to be read to conclude that this period of timid concessions is at an end. In the past month or so, the rate...

  • Rebecca Armstrong: If only I'd been mis-sold some PPI – what a nest egg!
    Monday, 6 August 2012

    Had I ever taken out any payment protection insurance? No. Not on a loan? No. A credit card? Nope. Mortgage? Nada. Store card? Don't believe in them. About the only piece of financial advice that my father has given me that sank in is to shun PPI on ...

  • The riots one year on: I was a lost gang member - but no one helped me find my way
    Tuesday, 7 August 2012

    Civilisation used to be under the illusion that the world was flat and lived lies accordingly. This is a notion we can all laugh at today, but once upon a time this had people absolutely terrified. At one point or another in our lives we have all bel...

  • Leading article: Not slavery, work experience
    Monday, 6 August 2012

    The two claimants – a geology graduate required to undertake a spell of work experience at Poundland and an HGV driver whose refusal to agree to unpaid work was putting his benefits at risk – sought redress through the European Convention on Human R...

  • Julia Langdon: A woman MP making all-too-familiar sacrifices
    Monday, 6 August 2012

    Louise Mensch is – or was – a tall poppy. She is smart and clever and stylish. She has an Oxford degree in English (Anglo-Saxon and Norse a speciality) and she has published 15 books, and while they may be of questionable literary merit they have nev...

  • Simon Kelner: Sporting success is about courage, not patriotism
    Monday, 6 August 2012

    I believe that anyone who wins a gold medal – in anything from rhythmic gymnastics to the 100 metres – should be celebrated and venerated for their prowess, and, in terms of sporting achievement, I recognise that this was as good as it gets for the b...

  • Simon Kelner: You need Olympian levels of dedication to get a ticket
    Tuesday, 7 August 2012

    We have become rather used to the sound of our National Anthem sung with feeling, to mark another gold medal for Britain, and to give another reason to be bound by collective achievement. We can't quite remember when the soundtrack to our lives was p...

  • Amol Rajan: Mo Farah and Curiosity – humanity at its very best
    Tuesday, 7 August 2012

    I'm not talking here about Mo Farah, though I might as well be. I've watched that clip of his last lap from Saturday night on the BBC Sport website 17 times – and counting. I know you've read enough about him already, so for now I'll leave you with t...

  • Richard Garner: How our schools lost the plot
    Tuesday, 7 August 2012

    Click here to see 'The price of gold: How elite sport is funded' graphicThen there were the teachers' strikes of the late 1980s. One of the first weapons they sought to use was a ban on voluntary activities. Voluntary activities, of course, meant org...

  • Andy McSmith: Why Mensch's move has gifted Labour a by-election win
    Tuesday, 7 August 2012

    It is rare for an MP to resign in mid-parliament because they've opted for a life outside politics. Many other MPs have made that life choice, but tend to leave it until the next general election to step down, out of consideration for their electors...

  • Natalie Haynes: The Games provide their own security...
    Tuesday, 7 August 2012

    But now there's also Edith Bosch, the world judo champion from Holland who took on the drunk guy who apparently threw a bottle onto the track just before the men's 100m final. And beat him, by her account. After all our fears about security at the G...

  • Rhodri Marsden: The spirit of rock – as seen through a shared Travelodge suite
    Tuesday, 7 August 2012

    I'd never opt to share a room with someone if I were holidaying with friends in Bruges or attending a team-building weekend in Swindon. But for bands, it's almost mandatory, because it's a great way of saving money while you obediently move drums, g...

  • Letters: School sports
    Monday, 6 August 2012

    As the retired headmaster of a successful comprehensive school, with a staff of dedicated teachers who gave time and effort unstintingly to the betterment of their charges, I would suggest to him that it is impossible to make such general comparison...

  • Leading article: A step closer to answering the biggest question
    Monday, 6 August 2012

    Not only is Curiosity another spectacular example of the spirit of inquiry that propelled the human race out of the caves. Its findings, plus those of proposed follow-up missions, may yet prove whether life has existed elsewhere. Such evidence woul...

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