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Monty Python never was ground-breaking and, thirty years on, it is still a magnet for bores, says Ed Barrett MONTY PYTHON's status as a national treasure has blinded people to...

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Who will don Elijah's mantle and lead the revolt of Ruritania? PAUL JOHNSON I f I were given the job of resurrecting the Conservative party from its smouldering ruins, I would...

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Dope makes you nasty

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From Mr Richard Law Sir: Mr Clive Elliot's explanation for the domination of the BBC by the Left may only be half right (Letters, 28 August). Years ago, the late Lord Hill of...

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From Mr Jonathan Hulme Sir: Yet another article about education (`The enemies of learning', 28 August) has appeared in which the author, sickened by his own experience in a...

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Scapegoats of history

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Neglected cousin of landscape An exhibition of seascapes in Rouen redresses the balance, as Nicholas Powell reports n The Greek Interpreter, Sherlock Holmes tells Watson of his...

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Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford) Rout of the world Patrick Carnegy T he RSC rounds off what's been a strong season with Gregory Doran's arrest- ing...

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David Fingleton attends a performance of Figaro on the French Riviera T he Villa Ephrussi at St Jean Cap Fer- rat was built by the Rothschilds at the turn of the century and was...

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One of the greats Robin Oakley I suppose we should have seen it coming, but when Peter Walwyn and his wife, Bonk, told me over dinner at the Hare and Hounds last Thursday that...

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Read and weep Taki I couldn't agree more. Offering millions of pounds for the head of a worthless liar like Clinton is inflationary. It debases a currency and can lead to a...

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Age before duty Petronella Wyatt hat has happened to the present generation? What has gone wrong? What- ever it is, it is an absolute disgrace. Past governments should be...


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Devastating Andrew Robson MICHAEL MATES, Conservative MP and ex-minister for Northern Ireland, and his son James, the television reporter, were in opposition on this week's...

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A toast to General Pinochet Auberon Waugh EL VINO produced such excellent red wines this time, and so generously reduced in price, that on this occasion I decided to overlook...


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