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Labour Party Leadership Election 2010

I keep having to look up the results of the Labour leadership election in order to remind colleagues...

Contest of Names

It is the Super Bowl on Sunday and once again one of the delights of the event is the names of some ...

Second-Guessing Chilcot

The Independent today publishes an eight-page pull-out called The Iraq Report by my good colleague A...

Miles Kington: I return, triumphant, to a place I've never been

Now is the time for every good Oxbridge journalist to run a piece on his own personal memories of the Oxford Union, to look deep within his soul and say to himself: "Do I have actually have any memories of the Oxford Union? Did I actually go to Oxford? Or was it Cambridge? Given my whole life all over again, should I have omitted university altogether? Might I not have done better to go straight to the big city and started a night club called Stringfellow's, and made a fortune, and thus been invited to be a constant guest speaker at university unions and thus learnt what it was like inside the Oxford Union without the pain of spending three years there as well?"

Miles Kington: Nature: a storehouse of goodies and a minefield of poison

Yesterday, children, we went out for a nature ramble with Uncle Geoffrey and his nephew Robert and niece Susan, and a fat lot of good it was too, as they were being most unco-operative and didn't talk about nature at all!

Miles Kington: If only we didn't like to buy cheese from other countries ...

Lymeswold was bland and mildly tasty. But they don't make it any more, which suggests that they hadn't got a world-beater

Miles Kington: Steve McClaren will answer your questions now</b>

Does nobody feel sorry for Steve McClaren, deposed England football manager?

Miles Kington: The great data scandal: a tax expert's advice to readers

This Inland Revenue business and those scandalously missing details – how will it affect us all personally? At very short notice, I have called in the highly respected tax expert Naughton Rock (no relation) to help tackle some of your individual cases.

Miles Kington: Village place names can evoke a sense of wonder

Yesterday, halfway through writing a piece saying how clever Mrs Gaskell had been to invent such a plausible place name as Cranford, I discovered that there are in fact several real places in Britain called Cranford. No matter. I thought she had invented it. Maybe she thought she had too. It's a clever name either way. And that whole area of real names and false names is so fluid, anyway, that you can never be quite sure where the borders lie.

Miles Kington: Mrs Gaskell and the fine art of inventing a fictional name

Knutsford is the small plump Cheshire town where Mrs Gaskell lived, and on which she based her fictional town of Cranford. I went to Knutsford once, to take part in their Festival, and was interested to see that a number of strong elderly women still seemed to be in charge, to none of whom I dared admit that I had never read a word of Knutsford's famous daughter.

Miles Kington: A shrinking world killed the drawings in 'Radio Times'

At the weekend I was browsing through a book published by the BBC way back in 1981 called The Art of Radio Times, a big format hardback which gave you a generous helping of some of the artists who had made the Radio Times such a treasure house of good drawing over the years. Nowadays, of course, there are no drawings at all in the magazine and younger readers must wonder what the hell I am on about, even referring to art and the Radio Times in the same breath. The fact that for many years every cover of the Radio Times was hand-drawn must seem ludicrous to them.

Miles Kington: They might be gone, but they haven't forgotten

Where are they now? That's the question we often ask in these days of easy fame.

Miles Kington: Inebriated nurses and other odd tales, but which is true?

Just when you thought it was safe to relax, I am afraid it is time to put on your thinking cap again. Yes, it's time for your very own news quiz, when I get the chance to test you on your knowledge of everyday news and current affairs.

Miles Kington: The fundamentalists of a quaint West Country parish

An anonymous correspondent has sent me an account of the latest parish council meeting of the quaint Wiltshire village of Courtney Pine, where he or she lives. It is a quaint village on two counts, partly because it still has a flourishing shop and partly because it is the only village in Britain with a member of the Taliban serving as a parish councillor. This leads to spirited debates on village policy, as we can sense from the meeting of 18 October, with Mr Beeton in the chair.

Miles Kington: The imperishable Sir Cliff and other national treasures

Today I am bringing you more of my exclusive interview with Sir Ralph Willoughby-Fiennes, head of the National Treasures Council, whose job it is to confirm the National Treasure status of such figures as the Queen Mother and John Betjeman, and to arrange their replacement when the time comes ...

Miles Kington: Who would be struck dumb by a UK scriptwriters' strike?

It seems a bit odd to us here in Britain that when the American Writers' Guild goes on strike, as it just has, the TV talk show hosts have nothing left to say. Those verbose anchormen like David Letterman and Jay Leno do not, after all, make it up as they go along; all those monologues, jokes, sketches and introductions to guests, they're all made up for them by someone else! So without writers, talk shows go off the air...

Miles Kington: All you need to know about risk, tattoos &ndash; and that divorce

I think it's time for another edition of Opposite Options, our reader advice service in which you ask the questions and we give the answer that's right for you.

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