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A British mother's London-educated children are abducted by their German father The German courts approve on the grounds that the IT OUGHT to have been the perfect e mbodiment...

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IT'S ME, JOHN! John Simpson expresses his dismay at the slide into formal respectability of Vaclav Havel, the once-raffish Czech President Prague THE CAMERAMEN rushed along...

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Christopher Fildes on Kenneth Clarke 's 'Told you so' Budget — can it really be all downhill from here? THE GRAND OLD Duke of Clarke has reached the top of the hill. Sweating...

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IT IS ODD that advertising folk pride themselves on their use of English. I saw in the train a couple of days ago an advertisement for the Corby Trouser Press, no doubt an...

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Andrew Marr is not surprised that disaffected Tories can't find a leadership challenger Almost all the talent has left the House of Commons IT IS an oddity, as one former...

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I AM NOT exactly an ardent follower of Freud, but there is no doubt that he sometimes had a profound insight into the nature of things, as when he observed that, in his...

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Setting the hobbledehoys and urchins the worst possible example PAUL JOHNSON f Britain is becoming a violent and in many ways uncivilised country, who is to blame? Most of the...

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subject admirably (And another thing, 12 November). May I add a tiny reminder to those people currently muck- raking and destroying figures in public life? It is widely accepted...

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Annual salaries of half a million pounds and above are pure anthropology SIMON JENKINS T op people's pay is, after sex, the most common object of public prurience. It is also...

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Drowned in plotlines Mark Steyn M iracle on 34th Street is the one which isn't It's A Wonderful Life — though time, television and the haze of yuletide cheer have suffused...

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Blown to bits Taki My spies tell me that Big Al is not a bad shot, although recently he did shoot the peacock that was leading out the pheas- ants, which would, in a firing...


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Dreaming of the past Nigella Lawson I s there a word for getting nostalgic about a particular and long-gone nostalgia? As i n, for instance 'You know, it's never been the same...

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Nine weeks without a drink Jeffrey Bernard I wish I could cope half as well alone in this flat as Joanna Lumley did on her desert island. At least she had a camera crew nearby...

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Sod the colonel Holly Budd T his week's lowlight was the visit by Monsieur Bertrand and his party from our French equivalent. Before privatisation we had a section dealing...

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Not afraid of greatness Nigel Nicolson hung in the balance last Monday evening, a Patty was being given by Conrad Black at the other end of town to celebrate a more Joyful if...

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