22 JANUARY 2000

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'It's another one of their shocking images.' M r Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, allowed Mike Tyson into Britain to fight in Manchester, despite legislation that because of the...

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The Prime Minister's plan for health: bullying, lying and inoperative statements BRUCE ANDERSON Alastair Campbell and Tony Blair need to learn a lesson from this miserable...

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STEPHAN SHAKESPEARE I begin my first week as director of a Mayfair art gallery — now called Shake- speare Fine Art — with Jeffrey Archer as my chief backer. This is interpreted...

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The night Arthur nearly caught me in Boobtropolis BORIS JOHNSON 0 h flip. The door was open. The door to my office was open and Arthur the care- taker was still there,...

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Britain's independent nuclear deterrent is neither independent nor a deterrent, says Andrew Gilligan, so now the PM wants to share it with France PERHAPS one of our...

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Julian Manyon on how the Chechen war has become a series of personal vendettas Chechnya IF something is strictly forbidden in Russia it normally just means that the price goes...

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Mind your language

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MY husband has been huffing and tut- ting, rather than puffing, almost every time he reads the word product used in a financial context. It is certainly true that product pops...

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RUN FOR COVER Charlotte Edwardes exposes the cowardice of those who sold us the Greenwich puffball NOW isn't that odd? Before 1 January there were, by the organisers' own...

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Second opinion

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TO whom does one turn for enlighten- ment about what is rather grandly known as the human condition? To priests, politicians, philosophers, psychologists or psychiatrists? I...

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Mayor Giuliani has a way with dogs but, wonders Philip Delves Broughton, can he beat Mrs Clinton in the Senate race? New York WHEN New York's Mayor, Rudolph Giu- liani,...

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John Dodd charts the remarkable political success of one landowning family on both sides of the Atlantic AN act of considerable historical curiosity took place in America last...

Banned wagon

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A weekly survey of the things our rulers want to prohibit CONTRARY to what many people suspect, prohibition in a democratic society such as ours is rarely imposed without...

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Michael Heath

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Quebec separatists bring much-needed light relief to Canada's bruised psyche, says Mordecai Richler SEVENTY-SEVEN per cent of Canadians, according to a recent poll, believe...

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Better the cult of saints than the worship of pop singers and puppets PAUL JOHNSON I t is an uncovenanted blessing to discover a great painting you did not know existed. It...

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The joy of freedom

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From Mr Geoffrey Matthews Sir: To Mr Raymond Keene (Letters, 15 January); yes, yes and no, Yes, by 1785, when he wrote the 'Ode to Joy', the young Schiller had clearly voiced —...

Mohamed's malignity

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From Mr Martyn Gregory Sir: That Steve Anderson and Richard Belfield, the producers of ITV's deeply flawed Diana: Secrets Behind the Crash, ignored all the serious criticisms of...

LETTERS Authorised monotony

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From Mr David S.M. Williams Sir: The cult of William Tyndale goes from strength to strength. Some months ago Sir Rowland Whitehead claimed, in the Salisbury Review, that the...

No end of Johnsons

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From Mr Tom W Johnson Sir: May I humbly point out that Frank Johnson's list of Johnsons (Shared opinion, 11 December) is still incomplete. I am Doc, your crossword compiler and...

Liturgical lost cause

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From Mr Charles FitzGerald Sir: Fine and beautiful rhetoric from the Revd Peter Mullen (`Jesus wept', 15 Jan- uary); but I fear he is on a loser. And why should I be so...

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The Independent has many virtues but independence is not one of them STEPHEN GLOVE R 171m ost everyone agrees that the Inde- pendent is much improved since Simon Kel- ner took...

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Gordon wants to make us more competitive but finds odd ways of going about it CHRISTOPHER FILDES H ere's another surprise in the taxman's brown envelope: the government wants...

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The confidence of a lone wolf Anita Brookner MARCEL PROUST: SELECTED LETTERS VOLUME IV, 1918-1922 edited by Philip Kolb, translated by Joanna Kilmartin, foreword by Main de...

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Recollected in tranquillity

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John Grigg A TALE OF TWO GRANDFATHERS by Owen Lloyd George Bellew, f25, pp. 220 T his unpretentious but lively and easy- to-read book is really the tale of a grand- son. The...

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The world of spooks and shadows

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Philip Ziegler WAR, RESISTANCE AND INTELLIGENCE edited by K. G. Robertson Leo Cooper, £19.95, pp. 262 F estschrifts are of uncertain quality. At their best they can illuminate...

linking narrative which includes extracts from the Master's diaries as

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well as inter- views with friends and neighbours, the Whole embellished with a few recent pho- tographs by Adrian Boot. The production has an amateurish flavour, and it is a...

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She filched from him his good name

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T he post — which in our part of Clapham arrives in the early afternoon, as if its delivery involved a lame horse cross- ing a rope bridge swaying above a fathom- less canyon on...

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Gadfly of the establishment

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Jane Ridley WILFRED BLUNT'S EGYPTIAN GARDEN/ FOX-HUNTING IN CAIRO The Stationery Office, £6.99, pp. 114 T he Stationery Office, now privatised and shorn of its dear old H M,...

Needlework and word-games

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David Nokes JANE AUSTEN AND LEISURE by David Selwyn The Hambledon Press, £25, pp. 352 I declare,' cries Miss Bingley, 'there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one...

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A hero suffering without an audience

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Benjamin Yarde-Buller THE RETURN AND OTHER STORIES by Andrey Platonov Harvill, £9.99, pp. 215 F or a number of reasons, none of them relating to the quality of his writing,...

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The power of the workplace

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Nicholas Fearn SHIFTS by Adam Thorpe Cape, £14.99, pp. 239 W hen today's graduates enter the so- called 'real world', the first difference they notice is the divergence of...

A selection of recent paperbacks

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Fiction: The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie, Vintage, £6.99 The Tin Can Tree, Celestial Navigation and Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler, Vintage, 6.99 each Home...

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Confronting a chaotic jumble Martin Gayford on a fascinating but indigestible exhibition at the Royal Academy G enerally speaking when one goes to an exhibition one sees art...

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Gawain (Covent Garden) Romeo et Juliette (Barbican) Strong impressions Michael Tanner T he Royal Opera's revival of Birtwistle's Gawain got under way four days later than...

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Stigmata (18, selected cinemas) Limbo (15, selected cinemas) Losing faith Mark Steyn S tigmata is godawful. Directed by Rupert Wainwright, a British film-maker with all the...

An exhibition of work by James Reeve can be seen

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at the Robert Sandelson Gallery, 5a Cork Street, London W1 until 5 February. Reeve, who has lived in Mexico since 1988, is showing some 50 pictures, including 'La Puestera...

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The MacMillan Inheritance (Royal Opera House) Celebrating MacMillan Giannandrea Poesio T he MacMillan Inheritance, the Royal Ballet's new triple bill, is a superb and...


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Frank's fame Ursula Buchan T hese have not been good times for the famous. Many a VIP must have rued the day they were flattered into leaving their fireside to pass the last...

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Viewing for the weary Simon Hoggart went to the preview of Gormenghast I (BBC 2) at the huge Imax cinema in Lon- don, and it made me buy a new television. The phosphors which...

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Why aren't we all on diesel? Alan Judd H e was born in 1858 and died in mys- terious circumstances in September 1913. His invention, known to colleagues as his `black...


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Speech stranglehold Michael Vestey G ood grief! Can it be possible? Is Radio Four going to be run by someone who knows about programmes rather than structures, someone who...

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The turf

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Drastic reduction Robin Oakley After such a regime most of us would be too weak to lift a tennis racket, let alone `Oh, hello . . . Im staying in. I've got the grandchildren.'...

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No life

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In the swim Jeremy Clarke I 'm swimming again, as well as running. Three, sometimes four times a week, I drive ten miles to this newly opened indoor swimming pool and swim up...

High life

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Army camp Taki Athens Here, in the birthplace of selective democracy, philosophy, astronomy, epic and lyric poetry, science, drama and occa- sional buggery (I kid you not, it...

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Country life

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Loving a loser Leanda de Lisle S earch as I may I'm finding it difficult to find any good news in the new year. The mice that eat my new suede cushions are now out of the...

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Singular life

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Key to survival Petronella Wyatt T here we were, my mother and I, wait- ing on the tarmac while technicians lamely studied some equipment in the cockpit. The plane had left...


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Danger signal Andrew Robson ONE OF the essential tools of co- operation between defenders is the Suit Preference Signal. In this country it is often referred to as 'McKenney'...

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Grisly task Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 2119 you were invited to supply an imaginary government advertisement bravely attempting to attract recruits to an unappealing job....


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The U ltimate Islay Malt. Rdbeq www.ardbes.com CHESS 1066 and All That Raymond Keene THE Hastings Premier has been won by grandmaster Emil Sutovsky of Israel. It was a...

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A first prize of £30 and a bottle of Graham's award-winning, Late- Bottled Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on 7 February, with two runners-up prizes of £20...

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With fans like these MPs... Simon Barnes MARGARET THATCHER had the right idea about football. She tried to ban it, and came quite close to succeeding. Her dream was to...


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Dear Mary.. . Q. I recently became socially acquainted with a disturbed young woman who, it tran- spired, had previously been engaged to a friend whom I know from different...