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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

  • Michael McCarthy: If your wish is for the wild, St Kilda will fulfil it
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    What is it that we are looking for? Unspoiled beauty, certainly, and the bliss of solitude, and peace; but I have a sense that there is something more, a hunger or a longing, and perhaps that is to do with the quite astonishing fecundity of the natur...

  • 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: Let's direct this surge of pride towards lasting change
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    Certainly, it's not too much of a stretch to suggest that the tourism industry will profit from the image we have presented to the world. Anyone who has visited London over the past couple of weeks could be forgiven for thinking that the city is full...

  • Ian Birrell: It's not just the bad apples – it's our rotten society's attitudes
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    The assaults at Winterbourne View were horrific. But just as shocking were the systematic failures of one protective authority after another to stop them, their bungling and casual complacency ensuring the torture continued unabated. Only when Panora...

  • 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...

  • Daniel Howden: In Nairobi, business is booming in the gleaming new branches of KFC
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    Most of the diners admitted they had been drawn by the “hype” but a year on KFC is still full and has opened several more outlets. The opening was broadly seen as Kenya catching up with the rest of the world, another signpost on the way to middle-inc...

  • Letters: That elusive Olympic legacy
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    No one said anything about how, when that happened, the nationwide facilities and support needed to help them do that were going to be provided. Which does seem a bit of an oversight.Kate FrancisBristolA colleague took her teenage children to an Olym...

  • Leading article: Hardly innocent until proven guilty
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    According to New York State's Superintendent of Financial Services, the British bank laundered $250bn of Iranian money through its subsidiary in the Big Apple, breaking the law and leaving the US "vulnerable to terrorism". Standard Chartered is, says...

  • Leading article: A murder trial that says much about China
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    The link is Ms Gu's husband, the former Communist Party boss of Chongqing, Bo Xilai, whose lineage and ambition would doubtless have qualified him for a villa at Beidaihe – the traditional summer retreat of China's politial elite – this crucial year ...

  • Deborah Ross: An unforgettable display of Commentatoritis!
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    "Keep the pressure up! You have to believe you can do this. Oh, yes! Marvellous! This has to be full marks!" And it carried on when I saw my neighbour, Sue, putting out her recycling. "Some beautiful movements in that routine," I told her. "A wonderf...

  • 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...

  • Leading article: What happened to our profusion of cousins?
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    We may have known for some time that, as recently as a few tens of thousands of years ago, we lived alongside Homo neanderthalensis and Homo floresiensis. But three new fossils found in Kenya and dating back nearly two million years now prove that pr...

  • Arifa Akbar: It's a funny, moving read - but Hornby's just not up there with Joyce
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    Hornby now nestles alongside James Joyce, F Scott Fitzgerald and more recently, Javier Marias. It is hard to see a consistency of choice and it is even more striking in Penguin's omissions. If Hornby makes the grade, why doesn't Zadie Smith or Philip...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Treating the symptoms of Parkinson's, but not the cause
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    It is not fatal but reaction to treatment varies. There is no cure but the drug levodopa can relieve the symptoms – though it stops being effective after three to five years and extra drugs are frequently needed. The disease is caused by a loss of ...

  • Elisa Bray: Loudmouth chat trumps music, it seems
    Thursday, 9 August 2012

    Of course, Peel is far from the only real music lover on BBC radio – Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson all spring to mind. But the news that Chris Moyles may be taking over kills any lingering hopes that Radio 1 might return the late-night ...

  • 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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