4 AUGUST 2007

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Brown's Darfur triumph is also his test

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Those who have exchanged fierce views on the invasion of Iraq have a fresh challenge this week: how to react to the UN resolution, tabled by Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy...

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DOM JOLY 1 'm in Canada, three hours north of Toronto, up in the great wilderness. Well, wilderness with lattes if I'm being totally honest. I'm on Lake Joe, one of the three...

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Reasons for Mr Cameron to be cheerful as the summer holidays begin

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FRASER NELSON Cordon Brown will not holiday abroad this summer. Not for him the allure of a Tuscan palace or the sunbeds of Sharm el-Sheikh. The Prime Minister has instead...

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The Spectator Notes

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CHARLES MOORE Enoch Powell once said to me, 'I love the humbug of the English. I worship it. But I reserve the right from time to time to point it out.' I thought of this last...

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Diary of a Notting Hill Nobody

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By Tamzin Lightwater MONDAY I can't take much more of this. Even Daddy says I need a holiday and our family motto is 'Don't Make a Fuss' (it sounds better in Latin). It's just...

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On the road with Gordon in the search for hearts and minds

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Matthew d'Ancona joins the new Prime Minister on his first big international trip, to Camp David and the United Nations, and learns how he plans to reshape the British battle...

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Mind your language

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After al-Qa'eda's no. 2 said that Britain would be attacked for knighting Salmi) Rushdie, Iran's Grand Ayatollah Saanei chipped in on Sky News: 'When your Queen awards Salmi)...

A major defeat in the war to defend the free world

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Melanie Phillips reveals new evidence suggesting that Hamas was behind the kidnapping of Alan Johnston, whose release has been a propaganda victory for the Islamists Shortly...

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Ancient & modern

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Apparently Gordon is planning another tax raid on savings, this time lifeinsurance companies which have 'too much' money in reserve against rainy days. After his last pension...

Why Europe may soon split along religious lines

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Stephen Pollard says that if embryonic stem cell research is banned in some parts of Europe — as it might be under the new EU treaty — old hostilities will resurface Iwouldn't...

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Wired, retired and so hip it hurts

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Oldies have taken to the digital age, says Amelia Torode, and so have their grandchildren. It's the middle-aged professionals who fear and resent it Almost 200 years ago a...

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I don't mean to sneer, but which is more important: equality or inclusion?

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Rod Liddle is shocked by a recruitment ad for an Olympics quango — and the evidence it offers that Britain is being bombarded by vapid, deluded and meaningless pieties Like a...

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English lessons

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Sir: Graham Lord (Is it a tough ask to speak proper English?', 28 July) gives a clue to the increase in use of bad English when he points out that recent immigrants from eastern...

Made in America

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Sir: I am concerned that our two new aircraft carriers are to be equipped with US-supplied aircraft and Chinook helicopters, while the future replacement for the Royal Navy's...

Munchausen's muddle

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Sir: Rod Liddle (Wakefield is probably wrong about MMR, 21 July) admits to 'limited medical knowledge' and then proves it in an astonishing and disturbing way, for it seems he...

Mosque meeting

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Sir: I was astonished to read the article by Tom Gallagher last week (The SNP is playing a deadly game with Islam), which is an illinformed and offensive rant against Scotland's...

Not the only fruit

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Sir: It's good to scoff at the EU, but can there be an end to the vexatious and piffling insistence that the tomato is a fruit (Letters, 28 July)? Botanically speaking it is,...

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The promise Boris must make if he is to become mayor of London

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MATTHEW PARRIS Boris Johnson could make a great Conservative candidate for the London mayoralty, and a great mayor of London. But he'll need to get the pitch right. I'm afraid...

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Thinking of becoming a cartoonist in today's Britain? Think again

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PAUL JOHNSON The cartoonist Vicky (Victor Weisz, 1913-66) fled to London not long after the Reichstag fire, with the Gestapo at his heels. Had he not possessed a Hungarian...

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Rare stamps in a class of their own

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Joanna Pitman advises investors who are wary of turbulent stock markets to investigate the world of philately, where values have risen steadily for 50 years Stamps, it is said,...

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A healthy enthusiasm for danger

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The invisible woman

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Sarah Burton THE ORDEAL OF ELIZABETH MARSH: A WOMAN IN WORLD HISTORY by Linda Colley HaiperPress, £25, pp. 363, ISBN 9780007192182 © £20 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 Elizabeth...

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The school of hard knocks

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Honor Clerk LIFE CLASS by Pat Barker Hamish Hamilton, £16.99, pp. 248, ISBN 9780241142974 © £13.59 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 The Slade of the years immediately before the...

Dark heart of the deep south

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Ian Thomson END GAMES by Michael Dibdin Faber, £12.99, pp. 335, ISBN 9780571236152 © £10.39 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 Last March, after an unexpected illness, Michael...

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Making the stones speak

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Tom Holland FAREWELL BRITANNIA: A FAMILY SAGA OF ROMAN BRITAIN by Simon Young Weidenfeld, £16.99, pp. 286, ISBN 9780297852261 £13.59 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 The current...

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'Keep all on gooing'

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Francis King's new novel was published a few weeks ago. Nothing, you may say, remarkable about that. He is among the most professional of authors; writing novels is what he...

Littlestone Days

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After the golf, the bridge and the cocktails, after the sets of tennis with Noel Coward and the Maughams looking on from the balcony, Ah, the dear boys!' after sherry and...

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Classical, Indian, jazz and much more: you name it

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Classical, Indian, jazz and much more: you name it, Henrietta Bredin found it at Dartington Brimming over with music Hell°, Gavin. Have you got the sackbuts with you?'...

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Birth of the seaside

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Andrew Lambirth Impressionists by the Sea Royal Academy until 30 September Sponsored by Farrow & Ball If we must have frequent Impressionist exhibitions, and it's clear from the...

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Fount of all gardens

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Roderick Conway Morris The Antique Garden from Babylon to Rome Lemon House, Boboli Garden, Florence, until 28 October According to an Hellenic historian, Nebuchadnezzar built...

Boundless Passion

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Michael Tanner L'Amore dei tre Re Opera Holland Park Macbeth Proms, Albert Hall Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre Re has had a puzzling history. It was first performed at La Scala in...

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Wordless wonders

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Lloyd Evans Playing God Soho The Family Hackney Empire The Agent Trafalgar Studio Astrange night at the Soho. Before curtain-up the place was crowded with people excitedly...

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Midnight's children

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Kate Chisholm yet another rash of programmes has erupted marking the anniversary of yet another of Britain's disastrous foreign policy decisions. At midnight on 14 August it...

How to feel young again

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Charles Spencer rr he older I become, the easier I find it to sink into that old-gittish state of believing everything has got worse with the passage of time. In my childhood...

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Misleading the public

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Simon Hoggart Iwas fascinated to watch the low-key struggle the other day between BBC and ITV executives, and members of the Commons culture committee. The television people...

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Ascot shows its class

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Robin Oakley rr he late Jim Callaghan told a few of us one day about life in the House of Lords after being an MP in the Commons. 'In the Commons you wonder if you'll survive...

Dog days of summer

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Taki On board SlY Bushido ailing away from St Tropez, I felt a bit like Lot; I asked the wife to take one last look, but Alexandra, alas, remained unsalty and very much in...

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Homicidal urges

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Jeremy Clarke During the wettest July since records began, I was completely dry. As usual, not drinking made me angry and withdrawn. As usual, I had homicidal urges and couldn't...

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View from the high ground

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Roy Hattersley It was, I think, Governor Winthrop, one of the founders of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who said that politicians must think of themselves as a house on a...

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Henry Sands defies his past experience and prepares to set sail again

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1 am not a sailor, but a couple of years ago I was invited to help crew a racing yacht across the Atlantic. The voyage home took 27 days, and I spent 26 of them hanging off the...

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Your Problems Solved

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Dear Maly Q. I was recently a weekend guest at a very large house. A series of unfortunate incidents meant I arrived at the house with no cash to leave for the cleaner at the...

Snap shots

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FRANK KEATING Always keen to buff up its romantic aura, Lord's this summer inaugurated a 'tradition' by nominating a different cricketing notable to toll the umpires' bell...