18 OCTOBER 2003

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A t a specially reconvened hearing of the Hutton inquiry into circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly, the expert on Iraqi weapons, Sir Kevin Tebbit, the permanent...

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Thank heavens for Betsy

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t Alfred Roberts's grocery store in Grantham in the 1930 husband, wife and daughters all took their turn behind the counter. For any Conservative, the decision to employ other...

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T he Man Booker Prize dinner was held on Tuesday in the Egyptian room of the British Museum. It's something of an ordeal for the six on the shortlist who have to wait until the...

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r Hoon resigns, as he must, how can Mr Blair not resign as well?

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PETER ()BORNE T hree events counted at Westminster this week. The first, and by far the most important, was the dramatic testimony given on Monday to Lord Hutton by Kevin...

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The Questing Vole

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' T here is a distinctly dark cloud settling upon what was, until lately, considered one of New Labour's chirpiest and most up-and-coming households. Consider, with sympathy,...

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My fight is for the British people

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lain Duncan Smith defends himself — and his wife — against the plotters and the smear campaign, and calls on the Tories to get on with the work of promoting freedom and...

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Banned wagon: global

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A weekly survey of world restrictions on freedom and free trade If you live near an Esso petrol station, your home or your car may by now have been plastered with 'Stop Esso'...

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Terminal depression

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Michael Gove on the fear and loathing in the Tory ranks as IDS fights for his survival I n all its long history, the parliamentary Tory party has never been so depressed. If a...

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Ancient & modern

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Cheque-books have been sharpened in America to lure top professors to top universities, and the ones attracting the most attention are those 'great communicators' with a...

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What's that in euros?

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If the euro replaces the dollar as the world's reserve currency — and reports from Russia last week suggest it might — there is likely to be a high price to pay. Simon Nixon...

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Will the U\ and the EU triumph over the US?

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America has defeated Iraq in the field but, says Paul Robinson, she has not won the battle against terrorism or her enemies in Europe and on the East River 1 t is perhaps as...

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Mind your language

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A book title jumped out at me in a secondhand shop the other day: Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of the World: A detailed two-volume work on diurnal birds of prey. I can hardly tell...

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Tradition, family and Cher's knickers

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Nationalisation has saved our country houses, says Simon Jenkins, but in some cases the price of survival has been loss of dignity T wenty years ago I visited the Harpur-Crewe...

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Why do politicians lie?

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Because they have to Melanie Phillips says that both Tories and New Labour make impossible promises, and flee from the issues that really trouble voters T ony is fighting...

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Does the demise of the Dempster column signal the end of the aristocracy?

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STEPHEN ro W FR N igel Dempster was the most famous print journalist of modem times, even though he seldom appeared on television. I remember his coming down to Oxford in the...

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Israel's retaliation

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From Judith Rona How refreshing to read the good sense expressed in your editorial about Syria's terror sponsorship (11 October). United Nations Security Council Resolution...

Not so gentle men

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From Dr Craig Gerrard Sir: Michael Henderson is so right to imply that football has much to learn from rugby, a sport which in his words 'abounds in goodness' (Sport, 11...

Lunch, please

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From Nick Herbert Sir: I fear the fetid air in Blackpool may have affected Peter Obome's usually sound judgment. His implication that Reform's criticism of the Conservative...

Fiercely privet

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From Michael Cockerell Sir: Frank Johnson (11 October) quotes lain Duncan Smith telling a television interviewer that in opposition Mrs Thatcher was derided in the media as...

Vices and Devizes

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From John Stott Sir: David Lovibond tells us that drugs and drink have turned Devizes into a place of incoherent rage (Town and out', 11 October). I have lived in Devizes for...

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An unconvincing thug

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From William Foster Sir: Robert Oakeshott says that Kenneth Kaunda was often thought of as a 'holy fool' (Books. 11 October). I can vouch for the 'fool' part, but saw little...

Golden arches

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From Lucinda Ben-David Sir: I have read and admired Mr Dahymple's articles so much that it is too bad that the one time I am moved to write to you it is to comment negatively on...

Out of proportion

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From Paul Kellogg Sir: Mark Steyn likens the public naming of a CIA agent to the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s ('Bigger than Watergate', 11 October). Mr Steyn seems to...

Bunny antics

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From Ian Mertling-Blake Sir: The designer Bunny Roger, distinguished for conspicuous wartime gallantry, as Gerard Henry reminds us (Letters, 11 October), was also remarkable for...

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What Edward Longshanks, Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin had in common

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PAUL JOHNSON C ounselling, in its many forms, has spread rapidly in recent years and evokes scathing criticism, especially when the police, who can't be bothered to investigate...

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The barnacle goose is very clever, and was once, technically, a fish

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he view, I thought, appeared much as it would to a young barnacle goose. I was diving out of a blustery, dove-grey sky, my wing tips tipping cloud. Far below I could see the...

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Who's to blame for African homophobia? We are, of course

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ROD LIDDLE T hese are exciting times to be a worshipper in the Church of England. We may be about to have a schism. It was a schism which, if you recall, led to the creation of...

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Writing in The Spectator's City and Finance issue:

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F _ irst confidence, then enthusiasm, then panic, then funk — that, so Sir Patrick Sergeant would say, is the market's cycle. Earlier this year, when share prices had fallen...

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We have had to reinvent ourselves again

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George Trefgarne talks to Baron David de Rothschild, who gives his first interview as head of the City's most distinguished and enduring merchant bank F _ ortunes rise and...

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Shares, not houses — but pick the right ones

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Nigel Thomas says that the stock-picker is back and the tracker funds are off the rails. Forget the idea that all boats will float up with the tide I t is difficult to predict...

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The biggest boss in the world

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Becky Barrow spends the day with Digby Jones, the director-general of the employers' organisation, the CBI D igby Jones is a man who, it has been said, would not look out of...

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The fifth great wave is breaking now

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William H. Janeway explains that the dotcom madness has laid the foundation for prosperity ahead. It happened when railways and canals were superhighways S ince it has become...

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The broke, bewildered, battered middle classes

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Robin Angus has words of comfort for them — and in elegant heroic couplets, too. . . Q f all the woes a long bear market brings, Here (by request) an honest Scotchman sines...

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All set for great things if left to itself

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David Kynaston conjures up the City in the year of The Spectator's birth, when the first Rothschild was at his pillar in the Royal Exchange 0 ne man dominates the City of...

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How not to be robbed by the wine spivs

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Jim Budd warns investors that their hopes of vintage gains may end up corked, leaving them with a nasty taste in the cellar and the wallet Nv ine investment sounds so enticing,...

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All those bills end up on the database big government is watching you

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CHRISTOPHER FILDES I thought that my bank would recognise me by now, if only with a light shudder. My account has been there for half a century, moving gently up and down the...

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A great painter's likeness perfectly caught

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Sebastian Smee GOYA by Robert Hughes Hamill, £20, pp. 429, ISBN 1843430541 `Self-portrait in the Studio' (detail), 1790-95, (Madrid, Real Academia de Bellas Aries de San...

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Ideas received or rejected

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James Delingpole I'm LEAVING YOU SIMON, You DISGUST ME . . by William Donaldson Weidenfeld, £9.99, pp. 272, ISBN 03043657501 u ntil I read his enthralling account of what it's...

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A regiment to reckon with

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Ian Garrick Mason RIFLES: SIX YEARS WITH WELLINGTON'S LEGENDARY SHARPSHOOTERS by Mark Urban Faber, £20, pp. 351, ISBN 0571216803 1 nthe spring of 1990, at the age of 21, I...

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Mischief without malice

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Sam Phipps THE ENDS OF OUR TETHERS: THIRTEEN SORRY STORIES by Ala sdair Gray Canongate, £12, pp. 161, ISBN 1841954403 A lasdair Gray holds a treasured place in Scottish...

Family values under the hammer

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Peregrine Worsthorne MARGARET THATCHER, VOLUME II: THE IRON LADY by John Campbell Cape, 125, pp. 913, ISBN 0224061569 1 n the course of John Campbell's superb second volume of...

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When physicists don't see eye to eye

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Ray Monk HITLER'S SCIENTISTS by John Cornwell Penguin/Viking, £20, pp. 535, ISBN 0670893625 W hen Michael Frayn wrote Copenhagen, he could surely scarcely have imagined the...

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The play's the thing

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Stephen Abell ARTHUR MILLER: A LIFE by Martin Gottfried Faber, ,f25, pp. 496, ISBN 0571219462 T he early life of Arthur Miller reads a bit like the first chapters of The...

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Youth, I do adore thee

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Julie Burchill THE BoY by Germaine Greer Thames & Hudson, £29.95, pp. 256, ISBN 050023809X A t the risk of being vulgar, I can't help thinking that Dr Greer's ('At least she's...

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From crumpet to muffin

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Anne Chisholm THE CENTRE OF THE BED by Joan Bakewell Hodder & Stoughton, £20, pp. 321 ISBN 0340823100 I nthe early 1950s, when Joan Bakewell, just down from Cambridge,...

All's well that ends well

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Keith Baxter ALEC GUINNESS: THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY by Piers Paul Read Simon & Schuster, £20, pp. 640, ISBN 0743207297 m any years ago in Belfast, when I was playing Prince...

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Aches and aphorisms

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Brian Masters BENEATH A WANING MOON: DIARIES 1985-1987 by James Lees-Milne John Murray, .02.50, pp. 272, ISBN 0719562198 I t is difficult to demonstrate why the Lees-Milne...

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f %TY_ 1 ' ) 1 Th c success of Australian wines

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in this country has been largely founded on cheap and cheerful bottles. party wines; Hardy's, Lindeman's, Nottage Hill all offer decent, good-value drinking. Though I draw the...

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That land is their land

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Andro Linkiater DIE IF YOU MUST by John Hemming Macmillan, ,f30, pp. 855, ISBN 1405000953 I n1961 the anthropologist Richard Mason was exploring a river in southern Amazonia...

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Gothic's crowning glory

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Annabel Ricketts enjoys a visual feast at the V&A but takes issue with the show's lack of rigour T he V&A's exhibition Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547 brings together a...

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Who's afraid of Giacometti?

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John Spurling Lynn Chadwick Tate Britain, until 21 March 2004 Beata Arts, Cork Street, London WI, until 15 November 2003 L y o nn Chadwick died in April at the age f 88. His...

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A glorious celebration

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Andrew Lambirth Turner and Venice Tate Britain. until 11 fa Ililaly 2004 Tn the Linbury Galleries is a heart-warmling exhibition of joyous celebration, a treat for the eye...

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Simply brilliant

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John McEwen Crahlie Aitchison Royal Academy, until 9 November phis long-overdue Aitchison celebration comes in two parts — a retrospective of the paintings in the RA's...

It's all in the name

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Ursula Buchan N ext Tuesday is Apple Day and somewhere near you this weekend there will be an apple-centred event, offering tastings, expert advice and identification of garden...

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A different world

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Charles Spencer T have been worrying of late that Olden 1 but Golden isn't olden enough. I've been listening to pop music for 40 years now, having first been hooked by the...

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Keep on running

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Lloyd Evans The Maths Tutor Hamps.tead Romeo and Juliet Young Vic Oedipus Old Fire Station, Oxford, and touring nly a swine would be a theatre critic. 4 ...—/Think of it. You...

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The tired revolutionary

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Giannandrea Poesio Trisha Brown Dance Company Sadler's Wells Theatre O nce upon a time in the USA, a group of independent artists and dancemakers decided to distance...

Endless distraction

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Michael Tanner Orlando Royal Opera House Rusalka Opera North H andel's Orlando can be a thrilling as well as moving experience. A couple of days before I saw the Royal Opera's...

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Master of allusion

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Mark Steyn Q uentin Tarantino's first film in six years opens with the Bride' (Uma Thurman) in silhouette in her hospital bed as Nancy Sinatra sings 'Bang Bang (She Shot Me...

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Playing for laughs

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Simon Hoggart Y ou could tell Henry VIII (ITV) was going to be a hoot from the beginning, when Joss Ackland, playing the dying Henry VII in a two-line cameo role, told his son:...

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The princes and the towers

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Michael Vestey I've not been much of an admirer of Radio Four's documentary series File on Four, produced in Manchester, but last week's edition (Tuesday) was fascinating. It...

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A beauty fit for Bond

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Alan Judd D uring the initial stage of a loop in a fast jet trainer, the g-force makes you feel you're sharing the cockpit with an invisible elephant, and your head becomes a...

Very heaven

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Robin Oakley Y ou could see yourself reflected in the shine on Kieren Fallon's riding boots. The benevolent sun, dare I say it of a lady, streamed through the whiskers on the...

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Late-night antics

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Taki Washington, DC B yall accounts the American Conservative's first anniversary party went off without a hitch. My friend Prince Radziwill came over for it, as did Charlie...

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Saving sinners

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Jeremy Clarke There were three of us sitting around 1 the kitchen table drinking coffee: me, my boy, and an old friend of my mother called Edna. Edna is one of those bornagain...

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Linger longer

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Petronella Wyatt T he Americans are rebelling — not against Arnie's election as governor of California and not against the policies of the Bush administration. No, these are...

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Short shrift

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The good news is that Patrick Taylor, the managing director of Monarch Assurance, which sponsors the annual tournament in Port Erin on the Isle of Man, has recently been...

Tall or short story

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Jaspistos In Competition No. 2311 you were invited to supply an account of your experiences as a modern Gulliver who has landed on a modern Lilliput or Brobdingnag. As a boy I...

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Baffled by bullshit

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MICHAEL HENDERSON H aving a boot in both camps, I am sometimes asked about the differences in writing about sport and the performing arts. The first thing I say is pretty...

Dear Mary

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Q. Every day I find myself reading Today's Birthdays in the Daily Telegraph. Do you know how I go about being included? Is a title helpful? (If so I will have to try harder.)...