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The divided society M r Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, the political face of the Irish Republi- can Army, said that he was in 'absolute and implacable' opposition to...

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It wasn't Dublin or John Hume who made the concessions, it was David Trimble BRUCE ANDERSON A I write, the news from Ulster is more encouraging; the collapse of the peace...

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DAVID STARKEY T he journalist from a leading American news magazine (as she'd described it to me on the phone) carefully sat down on my sofa. There was an interesting clash...

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As the next century nears, Michael Harrington recalls what they forecast in 1900 for this one; including which power was the equivalent of today's Pacific Rim WHEN THE time...

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Samuel Francis says that he's an American right-winger who wants no part of the persecution of Mrs Clinton WINSTON CHURCHILL, that great American Conservative, once defined a...

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If symptoms

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persist.. . IT IS, as someone once remarked, more blessed to give than to receive: especially stolen goods. If you don't want to be caught with the evidence of your wrong-...


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Sue Cameron reviews the jockeying in Whitehall for the post of Cabinet Secretary LAYING BETS as to who will succeed Sir Robin Butler as Cabinet Secretary Britain's most...

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Mind your language

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JUST AS prehistoric flies are preserved in amber, so language fossilises words and leaves them with a meaning that has no direct reference to the so-called real world. Thus we...

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A royal family on the rack and a poltroon in No. 10 PAUL JOHNSON th e personal crises within our royal fam- ily intensify. The Duke of Edinburgh is the latest target for the...

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Europe is longing for a lead from Britain, says Sir Oran Haut-Ton, MP CHRISTOPHER FILDES M y friend Sir Oran Haut-Ton, MP, expects the call from and to Europe. Now is the...

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over his special pleading for Tory politi- cians in his article condemning the Scott Inquiry report before its contents are known. No doubt he has accurately guessed them and is...

Sir: Lord Howe's resentful (his word) attack on the Scott

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report even before its publication and his astonishing appeal to his fellow parliamentarians to ignore its conclusions are based on a misconception. It is also selective....

LETTERS Howe, when and why?

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Sir: Lord Howe complains loudly that the Scott inquiry was 'a double-barrelled inqui- sition' employing unjust procedures CA judge's long contest with reality', 27 January)....

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Max must wait again; the Observer's editor is in trouble with Mr Preston and mates STEPHEN GLOVER M y plans to write about Max Hastings, the newly appointed editor of the...

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Why I don't wish to be flattered PETRONELLA WYATT embers of the royal family were last night waiting for a writ. The writ, which was served by the High Court, claimed that the...

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Japan Shinto to soothe the soul John Casey finds purity in the landscape, shrines and hot baths where the sun only rises I FIRST visited Japan in the winter of 1980. As the...

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A great city regurgitated Jeffrey Bernard P aris doesn't exactly spring to my mind during the winter months, when I look to see what the temperatures abroad are in my paper...

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Through the tunnel with Jeff Kate Hatch I met Jeff at Groucho's before we head- ed off to Paris. To my surprise he asked if I knew he was confined to a wheelchair, as though...

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The distance is in their eyes W E Deedes S o, it's to be Australia? Then brace yourself for The Tyranny of Distance, which is what Geoffrey Blainey called his excellent book...

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The smell of old sheep George Courtauld voo' — I like that word: it means `cairn surmounted by a skull'. At present, a skull and I are looking down on the capital city,...

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Travel books

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Ten for the road Philip Glazebrook A musician, if his sensibility is enough refined, will prefer the inner harmony of reading a score to the imperfection of any human...

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Home to a tribe of gamblers David Spanier I f you drive along Interstate 95 for a couple of hours, south from Boston or north from New York, and then turn on to Route 2, which...

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The Chilterns

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Umbria in metroland Edward Pearce A LABOUR supporter in Great Missenden tells of the young, shy canvasser who in 1959 knocked on the door of Cherry Tree cottage, not a grand...

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Not a sad story so far Alan Judd FORD MADOX FORD: A DUEL LIFE by Max Saunders OUP, £35, pp. 632 h is first volume of Max Saunders's biography takes its subject from his birth...

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A biggish fish in a medium-sized pond

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William Rees-Mogg SHADES OF BLACK: CONRAD BLACK AND THE WORLD'S FASTEST GROWING PRESS EMPIRE by Richard Siklos Heinemann, £20, pp. 466 C onrad Black has written his auto-...

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I am not

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a fussy eater Julie Burchill VICE VERSA: BISEXUALITY AND THE EROTICISM OF EVERYDAY LIFE by Marjorie Garber Hamish Hamilton, £25, pp.608 P robably the one smart thing James...

Staying at Furnace Farm

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I have heard time. She ran down the stairs like a girl to her lover. All houses have noises. In Maggie's old house I hear a rush. It is taps, I think, water. Unsteady with...

Winner takes nothing

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Tobias Jones A WHITE MERC WITH FINS by James Hawes Cape,. £12.99, pp. 281 A ll the best British fiction draws on that familiar double-edged sword: our wonderfully ridiculous...

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Remember and be sad, and rich

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Tom Hiney THE COUNTRY AHEAD OF US, THE COUNTRY BEHIND by David Guterson Bloomsbury, £5.99, pp. 181 J ohn Betjeman used to say that 'thought- fully written' meant 'by a woman...

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Staring from beyond the grave

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William Dalrymple THE MYSTERIOUS FAYUM PORTRAITS by Euphrosyne Doxiadis Thames & Hudson, £48, pp. 247 O ne hot summer afternoon sometime in the late 580s, the Byzantine...

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Do we make other people into Hell?

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Alan Wall THE ORIGIN OF SATAN by Elaine Pagels Penguin, f20, pp. 214 T he title of this book is somewhat mis- leading. This is no monograph on the early life of Satan, either...

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A hundred years of Boheme As Puccini's opera celebrates its centenary, Michael Scott traces the history of this popular work S trange though it may seem today, La Boheme was...

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The Midsummer Marriage (Royal Opera House) Love Life (Opera North) Mad about the Marriage Rupert Christiansen I have always felt there was something silly about Michael...


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Diaghilev (Barbican Art Gallery, till 14 April) Patron of the arts Martin Gayford Y ou don't have to like ballet to enjoy the Diaghilev exhibition at the Barbican, though it...

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Everything but the kitchen sink Alistair McAlpine F or many years the great auction hous- es of London sold only fine art in all its forms. If you wanted to dispose of the...

Short-sighted ideology

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Giles Worsley believes the Government should rethink its strategy on the buildings it owns 0 f all the Government's increasingly desperate efforts to offload responsibility for...

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Plugging my CD Pounds Peter Phillips T he wondrous success of all those little books which are currently selling for very little indeed is, I hope, giving the marketing men in...

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Comic Cuts (Lyric Hammersmith Studio) Two Trains Running (Tricycle) Slaughter City (Barbican Pit All change Sheridan Morley J ack Shepherd's Comic Cuts is a back- stage farce...

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Web of friendship Michael Vestey P LONKER `OKAY'— MURDOCH PROF TO POINTY HEADS. A tabloid sub-editor would put it better, no doubt, but the 'prof in question would approve:...


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Heat (15, selected cinemas) Just simmering Mark Steyn S ome years ago, in Montreal, a couple of hookers across the street from me used to advertise: 'Two girl action! Twice...

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Ruby Wax's con-job Ian Hislop I have now witnessed a mugging to cam- era. It is not often that you see television used in an entirely new way but Ruby Wax Meets Imelda Marcos...

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Not motoring

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A week full of `incidents' Gavin Stamp I had intended to wax further on the rail- way delights of Berlin, but three recent experiences of the reverses regularly suf- fered by...

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The turf

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Irish pleasures Robin Oakley I s this a private party, or can anyone join in?' Anyone who has ever been racing in Irish company will know the sentiment. There is something...

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High life

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What a couple Taki L ili Mahtani and I met only once, at a Mortimer's party in the Big Bagel last year, and she could not have been nicer. After lots of drinking and dancing,...

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Low life

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Pouring oil on troubled body Jeffrey Bernard M y nurse from the Middlesex Hospi- tal, who is a qualified masseuse and who does it professionally on the side, came up to my...


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BRIDGE Wishful thinking Andrew Robson Dealer East Both Vulnerable CARD PLACING by assumption, or wish- ful thinking, is an important logical concept in bridge. Here is an...

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VONG is by way of being a new Thai- French

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restaurant from New York in Lon- don: now is that modern or what? You might reasonably think the name of the place to be part of the Thai element. Actu- ally, it's the rather...

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URA I ISLE OF JURA %MU %it ,t Oltif UMW COMPETITION Desperate dozen Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1917 you were asked to incorporate a dozen given words or phrases into a...

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CROSSWORD by Columba

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A first prize of 125 and a bottle of Graham's Late Bottled Vintage 1989 Port for the first correct solution opened on 19 February, with two runners-up prizes of f15 (or, for UK...

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Teak and candy floss Simon Barnes MY FIRST theory about Monica Seles was that she was a Martian. I was reasonably confident about this as I watched her win the US Open tennis...


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Dear Mary.. . Q. What is the protocol about using mobile telephones in restaurants? I understand they are banned in Mark's Club where a friend of mine underwent a Bateman-style...