9 JUNE 2007

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Vlad the Blackmailer

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W e will have to get new targets in Europe,' Vladimir in said in an interview last week. Which weapons will be used ... ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or some completely...

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RUPERT HAMBRO Aconcert, 'Raise the Roof', at St Ja

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RUPERT HAMBRO Aconcert, 'Raise the Roof', at St James's Church, Piccadilly, was held last month. We raised almost £30,000 with a musical evening and readings by Diana Rigg,...

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The next general election will be won and lost on the internet

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TIM MONTGOMERIE Most elections produce a defining campaign event. In 1979 it was Margaret Thatcher's enlistment of Saatchi & Saatchi and the 'Labour Isn't Working' posters. In...

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The Spectator's Notes

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CHARLES MOORE 1 t is highly likely that Tony Blair will become a Roman Catholic after he leaves office. He regularly attends a Catholic Mass rather than Anglican services —...

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Diary of a Notting Hill Nobody

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By Tamzin Lightwater MONDAY I wish everyone would just calm down. It's like the inside of Mr Willetts's smaller brain (the one he used for grammar schools) around here. Don't...

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On the streets and the hustings, hatred of the rich is back in fashion

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Ross Clark says that the anti-g,lobalisation rioters protesting at the G8 summit in Germany and Labour's deputy leadership contenders are part of a new and dangerous trend...

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The Tories should be backing Hillary Clinton

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Freddie Sayers says it is time for David Cameron to align himself with the Democrats with whom he has much more in common than the Republican party of Bush and the neocons The...

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Peel, not Disraeli, is the true model for Cameron

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Douglas Hurd says that Sir Robert Peel — subject of his new biography — anticipated the Conservative modernisers' drive to win the support of those beyond the party's...

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Mind your language

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I heard someone on the wireless, in talking about the Freedom of Information Act, refer to the 'information-requesting community', as if they all lived together and had much in...

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Go west to discover the true America

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A trip to Arizona reminds Irwin Stelzer that Washington is not America: outside the Beltway there is a country rooted in patriotism, civility, hard work and suspicion of big...

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Farewell to clubland: the England of rakes is gone

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In an open letter to the Secretary of Brooks's Club, Andrei Navrozov explains why he chose to be expelled: its surrender to the new smoking rules, he says, symbolises a much...

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You get the Olympic logo you deserve: in our case, one I could draw on a beermat

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Rod Liddle says that all 'brand' logos are a waste of time and money: this one reflects the view that the Olympics are not about sporting excellence but the doctrine of...

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Malan is an anti-racist

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Sir: As a South African liberal, I regard both Rian Malan and Ken Owen with the highest affection and respect. However, Owen is completely wrong and Malan completely right in...

Liddle's hypocrisy

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Sir: I write as an inmate of Rampton from March 1993 to October 2004, and can only conclude that Rod Liddle's likening of John Sweeney losing his rag at a Scientologist (Liddle...

Dreaming of BR

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Sir: Matthew Parris (Another voice, 26 May) asserts that `few of us would now dream of going back to British Rail'. Many of us dream of little else. Those among us, for example,...

Powell's poll

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Sir: I was glad to read Allan Massie citing Anthony Powell (Life and letters, 26 May) as evidence that novel-writing is supposed to be painstaking. The late B.A. Young, for many...

The wrong bird

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Sir: According to Cressida Connolly, reviewing Rosie Boycott's Our Farm (Books, 26 May), Mistress Boycott is interested in everything, including why robins' eggs are blue....

Draining the meters

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Sir: Please tell Theodore Dalrymple (Global warning, 2 June) that councils could easily provide car-park meters that give change. The trouble is each machine would need a float...

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Heaven is a day spent sorting a cow-box full of rubbish at a Derbyshire recycling centre

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MATTHEW PARRIS Rubbish has always fired my imagination and set my pulse racing. I don't know why; it may be an inherited trait. My late father used to rifle through our bins...

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A very parfit gentil knight of music

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PAUL JOHNSON ne of the many things which makes me love Edward Elgar is that both the man and his music are so tremendously unfashionable. No wonder taxfunded quangos set up to...

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Women and money make a perfect match Merryn Somers

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Women and money make a perfect match Merryn Somerset Webb wonders why the investment world is a sea of men in suits, when women are naturally so much better at the job The City...

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An investor's life on Mars

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John Andrews A Martian called Zog visits Earth to see what it can offer in the way of the latest investment funds. He meets an independent financial adviser called Charlie who...

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Remember the wisdom of Keynes and Mark Twain

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Anthony Bolton, the City's most successful and respected fund manager, recalls lessons learned over three decades John Maynard Keynes said that picking shares was like a beauty...

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Sick of rotten service? See it as a Buy signal

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Matthew Vincent constructs a fast-rising share portfolio of companies that treat their customers appallingly he customer is always right,' said the 19th-century American retail...

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Own your share of British business

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Margareta Pagano says that despite privatisations and bull markets, savers still regard equity investment as a black art Business is hot: Martha Lane Fox makes it on to the...

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An avalanche waiting to happen

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Stephen Vines says the Chinese authorities can no longer control their stock markets, which are heading for trouble Ivaiting for the bursting of the Chinese share bubble is like...

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Can Patak's fiery flavour survive in ABF's big corporate cooking pot?

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MARTIN VANDER WEYER Ihave long been a fan of Patak's, the Lancashire-based Indian sauce-andpickle empire that was acquired last week by Associated British Foods for an...

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The ninth portrait

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Matthew d'Ancona COURAGE: EIGHT PORTRAITS by Gordon Brown Bloomsbury, £16.99, pp. 244, ISBN 9780747565321 Ivhat happens when the big clunking fist picks up the historian's pen?...

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The ascent from Boots library

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Jonathan Keates THE DAPHNE Du MAURIER COMPANION edited by Helen Taylor Virago, £9.99, pp. 424, ISBN 9781844082353 here was a time not so very long ago when a sustained...

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A cut and dried case?

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Andrew Taylor DEATH UNDER THE DRYER by Simon Brett Macmillan, £16.99, pp. 300, ISBN 9781405041386 © £13.59 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 The modern crime novel tends to be a...

Better than chocolate

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Hugh Massingberd FATTY BATTER: How CRICKET SAVED MY LIFE (THEN RUINED IT) by Michael Simkins Ebtuy Press, £10.99, pp. 314, ISBN 9780091901509 © £8.79 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429...

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The great negotiator

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James Buchan THE PRINCE by William Simpson Hatper Collins, £19.99, pp. 480, ISBN 9780060899868 £15.99 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the...

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Simplicity and strength

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Andrew Lambirth E. MCKNIGHT KAUFFER: DESIGN by Brian Webb & Peyton Skipwith EH Antique Collectors' Club, £12.50, pp. 96, ISBN 9781851495207 © £10 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655...

Lost and found

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Caroline Moorehead A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER by Ishmael Beah Fourth Estate, £14.99, pp. 240, ISBN 9780007247080 © £11.99 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 Ivhen...

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Coping with a continent

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Jonathan Sumption THE PURSUIT OF GLORY: EUROPE, 1648-1815 by Tim Blanning Allen Lane, £30, pp. 707, ISBN 9780713990974 © £24 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 Has there ever been a...

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A big talent spotted

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Bevis Hillier L. A. MIRAGE by Anne Lambton Timewell, £14.99, pp. 220, ISBN 9781857252200 £11.99 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 1 n the late 1960s I was reviewing books in the...

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The charnel house of liberty

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Peter J. M. Wayne BAD MEN: GUANTANAMO BAY AND THE SECRET PRISONS by Clive Stafford Smith Weidenfeld, £16.99, pp. 307, ISBN 9780297852216 £13.59 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655...

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Paradise before the guns opened fire

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Reviewing recently a new English version of Alain-Fournier's 1913 novel Le Grand Meaulnes, I was happy and relieved to find that it retains its magic. It has entranced...

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Thrilling stuff

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Robert Gore-Langton talks to Peter Gill and Kenneth Cranham about the Old Vic revival of Gaslight This season's they-don't-make- 'em-like-that-any-more offering at the Old Vic...

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Lust for life

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Andrew Lambirth Gillian Ayres: Paintings and Works on Paper 2005-7 Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 Cork Street, London Wl, until 16 June In Celebration of David Bomberg Daniel Katz...

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Sound and vision

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Michael Henderson has high hopes for the newly renovated Royal Festival Hall The Royal Festival Hall reopens next week after two years of renovation costing £111 million, and...

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Telly addict

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Charles Spencer Until recently I was one of those insufferable prigs who proudly announces, 'Oh, I never watch television, it's all rubbish these days.' But there was little...

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Exalted by Beethoven

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Michael Tanner Fidelio Royal Opera Fidelio is so full of wonderful music, and its subject matter is so stirring and so perennially relevant, that it should be a frequent feature...

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Provoked and dazzled

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Giannandrea Poesio Triple Bill Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House Phoenix Dance Theatre Sadler's Wells Theatre Stylistic accuracy is one of the most problematic aspects of...

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Laughter through tears

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Lloyd Evans Fiddler on the Roof Savoy Alaska Royal Court Philistines Lyttelton Hats off to Henry Goodman. No holiday for him this summer. He's the centrepiece of Lindsay...

McKellen's masterly Lear

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Patrick Camegy King Lear The Seagull Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon The best way to get serious press cover1 age for your big show is to provoke the hacks by shutting...

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Tasteless memorial

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Simon Hoggart Channel 4's Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel (Wednesday) was, as promised, pretty tasteless stuff, though not for the reasons we were told. There are those who...

Same old story

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Deborah Ross The Chumscrubber 15, nationwide T thought I'd go and see Ocean's 13, as it 1 is the biggest film this week, but then changed my mind. It's not that I don't care for...

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Death and the mistress

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Kate Chisholm Just as Damien Hirst last week launched his diamond-encrusted human skull on to the unsuspecting world he was upstaged by that other icon of British culture, The...

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'It's all Greek to me'

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Taki Kent o this beautiful New England village near the New York–Connecticut border, home to the great designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife Annette, both very old friends of...

Riding high

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Robin Oakley psom last weekend was simply awash with emotion. Show me the racing man who didn't have a tear in his eye when Henry Cecil marched back to the top of his profession...

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Out of step

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Jeremy Clarke The first day of June. A golden evening. I've been shopping and bought myself a pair of flip-flops. Fifty quid for two footprint shapes of recycled rubber, two...

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Linseed oil and cut grass Roy Hattersley T played

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Linseed oil and cut grass Roy Hattersley T played my youthful cricket on wickets 1 which were cut into steeply sloping pitches. Cover drives which should have raced over the...

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DEBORAH ROSS This is about a mother who takes her son out for dinner for his 15th birthday. Normally the son would not agree to go out for dinner with his mother. Normally the...

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Severing all ties

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James Waldron wonders if this is Blair's bequest to the nation Reading Blair's political obituaries, the most disheartening theme to me was the loss of innocence which the man...

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A little of what you fancy

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Christa D'Souza ponders our national obsession with fancy dress There are plenty of things to thank the Lord for. My children's health. Their father's. Inshallah, mazeltov, my...

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Bound together

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Sarah Standing goes with her book-club friends to Corfu Ivitnessing me overcome my fear of flying on a recent trip to Corfu must have given the members of my book club a long...

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Your Problems Solved

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Dear Maly Q. One of the most characteristic aspects of being a member of the British middle class 'nouveau pauvre' is finding it embarrassing to take action when things we used...


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FRANK KEATING T was sorry to miss last week's ghostbusting 1 gig at the Hay-on-Wye festival when David Beckham's surrogate-scribbler, actor-writer Tom Watt, joined two mates of...