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Magical thinking now dominates our politics

UKIP, the SNP and the Greens cut through all the complexity and noise. They say quite simple things,...

Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript

* Many bankers are still overpaid * The Chancellor's Help to Buy subsidies are not a good idea * B...

Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll

Most voters – male and female – think that Labour’s pink “Woman to Woman” bus patronises women, acco...

Miles Kington: The Oscars finally come of age with a violent blockbuster

The Golden Globes ceremony this year was my kind of ceremony. No party. No dinner. No speeches. Nothing. Just a list of winners and everyone going home without a goody bag, leaving only a big question hanging in the air: "Will the Oscars be just like this as well?"

Miles Kington: Revealed... the true peak of Sir Edmund Hillary's career</I>

'As an Australian myself, I was taken aback to find he had taught the Sherpas insulting remarks about Aussie sportsmanship in their own language'

Miles Kington: Everything you've heard about healthy eating is wrong

In the old days, medical certainties stayed certain for a hundred years or more, but nowadays they can change overnight.

Miles Kington: Johnny Hallyday - Legendary for being legendary?

You can't help feeling sorry for the French, and admiring too. For nearly 50 years they have been waiting for a French international singing star to emerge, so that the rest of the world can bow down and worship. It used to happen in the old days. Maurice Chevalier was a big, big star. So was Jean Sablon. Charles Trenet. And Tino Rossi. All those big French suave stars of the 1930s. They all put France on the map, didn't they?

Miles Kington: Legal humour? I think I'll take a rain check on that

The other day I was passing the shelves on which I keep all my old travel books when one of them fell down and knocked me on the head, like an unwanted commuter being extruded at the wrong station. I picked it up and looked at it. It was a book about Romney Marsh, with photos by Fay Godwin and text by Richard Ingrams. Second edition, 1981. God was clearly dropping a heavy hint that I should read the book, so I did, and I am glad I did, because it left me with a very strong impression of an interestingly empty place, and a firm conviction that one day not too long hence I should go and visit the town of Rye again.

Miles Kington: When artists want to relax, they turn to a different art</I>

Have you seen Miles Davis's rubbish paintings? They're nearly as bad as DH Lawrence'srubbish paintings

Miles Kington: Of pharaohs, pyramids and English phone boxes...

"How can you copyright Stonehenge?" said our resident Welshman. "It doesn't make sense."

Miles Kington: A Welsh wizard takes on the riddle of the Sphinx

"I read a story in the paper the other day that I could hardly believe," said the man with the dog, as he prepared to drink his first pint of the evening, while his poor dog prepared to slide under the table for a long period of tedium.

Miles Kington: Strange new alliances ... and the mystery of China solved</I>

The Old Vic announces that it has almost certainly secured Arnold Schwarzenegger to play Buttons in its Christmas panto

Miles Kington: Badgers and great sand urchins home in on Liverpool

Liverpool stages a party at which the theme is 'Sorry, Boris Johnson You Were Right and We Were Wrong!' Boris says he is tickled pink

Miles Kington: A peek ahead at the main news events for 2008

England lose their first friendly football match against Wales. Coach Capello says it is too early to think about converting the team to Catholicism

Miles Kington: Never trust a journalist's advice on Brussels sprouts

Today I bring you the first post-Christmas advice column, so let's go with the first problem ...

Miles Kington: Humour me for a while, even if you don't think it's funny

We are now coming to that time of the year when almost the entire population of Germany and Scandinavia and even South Africa and Austria sits down to watch an English television programme that hardly anyone in Britain has ever heard of, let alone seen.

Miles Kington: Steamed for Mrs Cratchit - with a washing-day smell

For a change this year, at Christmas breakfast, my wife decided to dish up a huge and wonderful bowl of kedgeree, and as the 12 of us dug in to the delicate dish (Did I say 12? Where did we all come from?) and the fragrant festive spirit of haddock, eggs, fresh chopped parsley and rice spread abroad, I thought just for a moment that we were all in danger of getting too happy, too soon, on Christmas Day.

Miles Kington: Why not combine two great Christmas institutions into one?

Widow Twankey may not be everyone's idea of the Virgin Mary, but she too is a worried mother with laundry problems and an unusual child
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