12 JULY 2008

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The Glasgow Doctrine

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I n an unexpected plot twist, David Cameron and Gordon Brown are fighting over a woman: not, we hasten to add, as suitors, but as public moralists. The Prime Minister has long...

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R arely in my life have I enjoyed running. A tubby

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child and then a sickly teen, I spent games lessons hiding behind a piano with a book. Odd then, that this week I completed (half of) one of the toughest marathons in the world....

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FRASER NELSON Labour needs someone with the guts to tell the party what it must do to avoid disaster G ordon Brown is not used to being spoken back to in Cabinet, which made a...

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� s�ra�rs �arEs

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CHARLES MOORE I t is probably just as well that the Ray Lewis fiasco happened to Boris Johnson as Mayor, because otherwise it might have happened to David Cameron as Prime...

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The Establishment paedophile: how a monster hid in high society

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Roger Took was a pillar of academia, with an enviable Chelsea address. He was also a vicious paedophile. Charlotte Metcalf shows how the veneer of social respectability can...

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I feel for Ingrid Betancourt — I was kidnapped, too

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Tristan Garel-Jones I was once kidnapped and held hostage by political terrorists in South America. My ordeal only lasted about an hour — but it was rather frightening. Like...

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Shouting abuse at fat people is not just fun. It’s socially useful

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Rod Liddle is impressed by David Cameron’s speech in Glasgow and the Tory leader’s call for greater personal responsibility. Antisocial behaviour needs to be stigmatised,...

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I fell helplessly in love with Christine Hamilton

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In the second of an occasional series, Martin Rowson interviews Neil and Christine Hamilton. To his alarm, the arch-satirist finds himself warming to the disgraced couple S...

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The web is the most conservative force on Earth

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Digital technology has made us a society of mass archivers, says Charles Leadbeater . Far from rotting our brains, the web enables us to preserve all our memories A rchiving is...

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Our survey shows British Muslims don’t want sharia

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Don’t believe the Lord Chief Justice any more than the Archbishop of Canterbury, say Stephen Schwartz and Irfan Al-Alawi A senior establishment figure has once more raised the...

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A pariah writes

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Sir: I dealt for 30 years with hundreds of Muslims, at first in Mr Doyle’s organisation, so I am not ‘ignorant’ of Islam (as he claims, Letters, 5 July), which seeks to...

Bad times

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Sir: Rod Liddle’s ‘How to get stabbed’ (Liddle Britain, 5 July) was perceptive and spot on in all respects. The last three homicides I attended involved multiple stabbings...

Not mocked

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Sir: I would like to think that it did not occur to you for one moment that the front cover of your last issue would be deeply offensive to Russian, Greek or any other Orthodox...

Break point

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Sir: I am surprised that Roger Alton (Sport, 5 July) fell, like most of the media, for the obvious over Alla Kudryavtseva’s claim that ‘I don’t like her outfit’,...

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If you had Jerusalem Syndrome, your Solomon hands would fear your Jesus hair

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Jerusalem A s ever, the great disappointment of Jerusalem is the lack of swivel-eyed loons wandering around believing themselves to be Jesus. Or Solomon or David or Mohammed. Or...

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And Another thing

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PAUL JOHNSON The truth little Red Rum can teach those clever dons O ne of the most moving stories in the history of animal life is the racing career of Red Rum. This little...

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Good news for the prudent: we’re heading for recession Richard Northedge says those who did not overspend during the boom years will soon be able to buy whatever they want at...

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School fees: a luxury you can’t afford

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Merryn Somerset Webb T he credit crunch is taking a terrible toll on the middle classes. They’ve started to give up their organic boxes (sales are down 10 per cent at some...

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any other business Is it wrong to do business in Zimbabwe? Remember what Mandela said to Shell

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S hell and Barclays were the two highest-profile British companies in South Africa during the apartheid era. Both pursued nonracial business practices as far as they could, but...

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A little goes a long way

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Andro Linklater T HE i MPORTANCE OF B EiNG TRiviAL by Mark Mason Random House, £12.99, pp. 304, ISBN 9781847945174 ✆ £10.39 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 N o book can be...

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Cheap and deadly

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Jonathan Mirsky T HE C HINA P RICE : T HE T RUE C OST OF C HINESE C OMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE by Alexandra Harney Penguin, £15.99, pp. 336, ISBN 9781594201578 ✆ £12.79 (plus...

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The sins of the son

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Raymond Carr T HE A ssAssIN ’ s A CCOMPLICE by Kate Clifford Larson Perseus Group, £15.99, pp. 263, ISBN 9780465038152 I n the spring of 1865 Washington was celebrating...

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How many Russians does it take to change a lightbulb?

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Victor Sebestyen H AMMER AND T ICKLE : A H ISTORY OF C OMMUNISM T OLD T HROUGH C OMMUNIST J OKES by Ben Lewis Weidenfeld, £14.99, pp. 354, ISBN 9780297853541 ✆ £11.99 (plus...

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Gilding the lily

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Molly Guinness WARRIOR by Allan Mallinson Bantam, £17.99, pp. 337, ISBN 9780593058145 ✆ £14.39 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 A llan Mallinson’s hero, Lieutenant-Colonel...

Dancing through danger

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Olivia Cole T HE R ETURN by Victoria Hislop Headline, £17.99, pp. 420, ISBN 9780755332939 ✆ £14.39 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 M arried to a permanently welllunched...

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Magic and laundry

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S. E. G. Hopkin H OUSE OF M ANY W AYS by Diana Wynne Jones HarperCollins, £12.99, pp. 327, ISBN 9780007275663 ✆ £10.39 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 M agic and fantasy...

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‘I am ashes where once I was fire’

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‘I t was a pity,’ Walter Scott wrote in his Journal (22 November 1825), ‘that nothing save the total destruction of Byron’s Memoirs would satisfy his Executors — But...

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What a carry on

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James Walton suggests reading George Orwell in order to understand the appeal of Carry On films R ecently, we’ve been hearing quite a lot about how the winds of revolutionary...

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Shifting combinations

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Andrew Lambirth Margaret Mellis: A Life in Colour Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, until 31 August Constructed: 40 Years of the UEA...

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Passionate collector

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Matthew Dennison Masterpiece Watercolours and Drawings Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, until 9 November E ven passion has its limits. The first Lord Leverhulme — that...


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Lost portraits Martin Gayford C riminals can turn into detectives: consider the career of Eugène-François Vidocq, thief, convict and subsequently head of the Paris Sûreté....

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Entranced by Janacek

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Michael Tanner The Cunning Little Vixen Royal College of Music Candide English National Opera J anacek’s wonderfully unsentimental and warm-hearted opera about animals and...

Uncool fun

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Charles Spencer M y body aches, my bones creak and I have a nagging headache that paracetamol won’t shift. It’s a bit like having a hangover again, but mercifully without...

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Take two couples

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Lloyd Evans On the Rocks Hampstead In My Name Trafalgar Studios All Nudity Shall Be Punished Union U h oh. Writers writing about writers writing. Amy Rosenthal’s new play is...

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Super trouper

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Deborah Ross Mamma Mia PG, Nationwide M amma Mia has to be the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Or is it off? When you get to my age, it’s such a struggle to...

Lost in translation

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Peter Phillips M y interest in ridiculous sacred words began with a Victorian edition of Verdi’s ‘Requiem’, which I met at school. At the unbelievably splendid, and...

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No rude awakening

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James Delingpole M y favourite part of Banged Up (Channel 4, Monday) — the new reality show in which juvenile delinquents get to spend ten days in fake prison so they’re...

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Head over heart

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Robin Oakley I heard from a Nato general not long ago the story of two hot air balloonists in the US who got lost. They descended to check their bearings from visible landmarks...

People problem

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Taki I ’m afraid that Pug’s Club ‘Turd of the Year’ award went unanimously to the ghastly Andy Murray, he of the centre court primal screams and primate fist pumping....

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In the thick of it

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Jeremy Clarke I ’ve not been to Pamplona’s famous weeklong ‘running of the bulls’ and bullfighting fair of Saint Fermin since 2002; but every year since, on 6 July, at...

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Highland fling

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Alex James I wasn’t planning to take the family on holiday. We live on a farm and there’s always something happening. It gets harder and harder to drag oneself away. Claire...

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SIMON HOGGART T here is something wonderful about this time of year, when fairly often the sun is shining. We make British, mock-rueful remarks to each other: ‘Yesterday was...

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Cocoa heaven Peter Grogan samples top of the range chocolates C hocaholism is one of the few ‘holisms’ that has left me unscathed — workaholism being another. I’ll...

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Cathedral city

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John Torode seeks the best of Barcelona T he invitation to spend a few days at the swish, new, family-owned Grand Hotel Central included a ‘partner’. My son the photographer...

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The nursery is the new Jerusalem: Marx and Engels have given way to Charlie and Lola

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L ast Saturday, I was due to attend a garden party being hosted by one of my oldest friends, but I did not have time. After picking up four-year-old Sasha from swimming I had to...

Mind your language

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Longfellow, in the middle of writing ‘Hiawatha’, complained to his diary one hot day of ‘Chamber-maids chattering about — children crying — and everything sticky...

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A fortnightly column on technology and the web

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A longside the vast fuel tank which powers the Space Shuttle into orbit are two spindly tubes known as Solid Rocket Boosters (or SRBs). Their shape is not ideal: their...

your problEMs solvEd

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Dear Mary Q. While staying in Gascony a local grandee, with a formidable brain and a château of great historical importance, was invited to dine. As dinner proceeded one of...