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  • Archie Bland: Unlike footballers, our Olympic stars keep it real
    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    It is hard to imagine Kevin Pietersen or Maria Sharapova posing for something similar; if they did, their agents would presumably start carping about image rights. Not Kate, who is right up there with irrepressible cyclist Laura Trott and daddy's boy...

  • Simon Kelner: This unhealthy and overwrought patriotic passion
    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    On Monday, in this space, I suggested that reactions to Britain's athletics triumphs on Saturday night may have been a little over the top, and that the BBC commentary team seemed to have left their sense of detachment and balance behind. Morrissey, ...

  • Leading article: The welcome return of the Union Jack
    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    There is politics to this, as Gordon Brown, that great enthusiast for a new definition of Britishness, knew. One of his first acts on becoming Prime Minister in 2007 was to decree that the Union Jack should be flown more often from government buildin...

  • 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...

  • Letters: Why Clegg had to defy the Tories
    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    The Conservatives were incensed at needing a partner but were sure they could manage the issue given their much larger numbers. It was an early Conservative imperative that the economic burden should be borne where their partners would be damaged mos...

  • Leading article: Drugs companies, heal thyselves
    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    Drug companies have any number of explanations for the "innovation crisis" that is severely hampering the development of new drug treatments. After decades of intensive research and development, they say, many of the most obvious discoveries have bee...

  • Grace Dent: My ultimate Olympic experience. Step 1... glean a ticket
    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    2. Enter the Olympic Park, marvelling at the official "gamesmakers", a chipper army of part Red Coat/part Mr Motivator smilebots of all ages. Begin harbouring fantasies of volunteering for Rio 2016, an adventurous whim set to be the new Gap Year/Shir...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Regulators must ensure innovation is rewarded
    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    Last month, GlaxoSmithKline agreed a record $3bn settlement with US regulators for aggressive marketing and selective use of data. But perhaps it is not all the drugs companies' fault. It is, after all, a profit-driven industry with demanding shareh...

  • 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...

  • Pesticides and bee health
    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    The article was wrong to say the French Minister of Agriculture had banned Cruiser OSR: the ban was not put in place until 29 June. However, despite the French safety agency, ANSES, and the European Food Standards Agency challenging the ban, the Fren...

  • Leading article: A tribute to one of Australia's greatest exports
    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    Forthright, acerbic, unimpressed by pretension; he was appalled by what he considered the shallowness of much modern art and the vastly inflated market in which it is so often sold. "A Rodin in a parking lot is still a misplaced Rodin. But this is ju...

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