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Iraq’s WMD and the Test of Reasonableness

Cross-post by Mugwump. This 9,000-word article looks at why intelligence services around the world w...

Those incredible spending cuts continued…

The collective day-to-day spending of all those other departments - Business, Home Office, Justice, ...

The Rentoul Media Empire

Further to my post yesterday about more of my stuff appearing on Independent Voices, The Independent...

Miles Kington Remembered: Your all-purpose guide to the nation's stately homes

The third Earl was an expert botanist who brought back trees from the Himalayas. Presumably there is now a patch in the Himalayas that is bare of trees

Miles Kington Remembered: We are all sticklers for clichés we don't understand

A chalice is a sort of drinking cup, I think we'd agree, but what kind of drinking cup? Apoisoned one, that's what. We never use the word except in the cliché

Miles Kington Remembered: Leaving the cap off the toothpaste is getting easier

In our house we prefer to leave the flip-top open, thus creating a small peak of solidified toothpaste, like Mont Blanc in the setting sun

Miles Kington Remembered: If you can remember 1948, you weren't there

Rory cannot remember anything about 1968 when he was 19 and in his prime, but has perfect recall of the year 1948, when he was not even born

Miles Kington remembered: A decimal guide to life's oddities and absurdities

Ten writers who sounded as if they were men but turned out to be women...

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