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‘Unhealthy’ foods that are surprisingly healthy

17 September 2014 10:00
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Thank you, oh thank you, dear scientists, for rehabilitating these dietary dangers: Chocolate Previously dismissed as full of sugar and fat, chocolate is now claimed to have all sorts of… Continue reading

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Tom Cruise deserves our support and pity

16 September 2014 18:26
Photo: Clementine Keith-Roach

These are your lives. Yard Theatre, until 4 October Tom Cruise. That’s the big offer from a newish venue, the Yard Theatre, lurking on the fringes of Hackney Wick. The… Continue reading

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Cycling, HIV, domestic abuse. You can find discrimination everywhere, if you try

16 September 2014 18:13
Ironman Wales

You have to wonder about the future of the Conservative party when you hear stories like this, from the Birmingham Post: ‘Councillor Deirdre Alden (Con, Edgbaston) said she was concerned… Continue reading

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Ever wondered what goes on in those green sheds you see around London?

16 September 2014 18:10
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You know, those mysterious huts that allow entry only to cab drivers? I used to fancy they were cover for a network of underground bunkers where cackling taxi drivers plotted… Continue reading

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A 90-day patriot

16 September 2014 17:33
Sean Connery in Washington DC before receiving the Wallace Award from the American Scottish Foundation. Image: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images

One question before the independence vote on Thursday is where is the SNP’s most famous celebrity supporter? You might expect Sean Connery to be out rousing the faithful but so… Continue reading

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Is Scotland confident enough to vote No?

16 September 2014 15:07
Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

We hold this truth to be self-evident: we are not an oppressed people. We have some liberty to chart our own course. We are, after all, choosing our path this… Continue reading

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Scottish nationalism: turning neighbours into foreigners

16 September 2014 12:59
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Nationalists build walls to keep their people in and the rest out. They create ‘us’ and ‘them’. Friends and enemies. If you disagree, if you say they have no right… Continue reading

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Is Anna Nicole’s absurd life worth our while? Not as much as Otello’s

15 September 2014 17:43
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Otello ENO, in rep until 17 October Anna Nicole Royal Opera, in rep until 24 September So how did London’s two big opera companies launch their new seasons last week?… Continue reading

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Like it or not, Isis are Muslims. Calling them ‘monsters’ lets us off the hook

15 September 2014 9:42
(Photo: JM Lopez/AFP/Getty)

There are various pieties that politicians observe in the wake of some barbarity committed by Islamic fundamentalists and duly David Cameron observed them in his statement yesterday about the murder… Continue reading

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Isis and Islamophobes: what a lousy time to be a British Muslim

14 September 2014 18:34
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Just over a week ago I wrote a piece in the Spectator asking if we were on the verge of an anti-Muslim backlash that could spread beyond the strongholds of the… Continue reading

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Isis are setting our news agenda. We need to stop playing their game

14 September 2014 18:22
Reaction To Execution Of British Hostage David Haines At The Hands Of IS Militants

Isis are playing a game with this country and America. We need to take a view about what our response to that game should be. The ‘game’ is the gradual drip-drip of beheading… Continue reading

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Boris in Metroland

14 September 2014 12:02
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Gaily into Uxbridge Station runs the red electric train, And alighting on the platform – he with the albino mane. Can he charm the blue-rinsed matrons, Past-it bankers, golf club… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: why death is good for you (plus: add a final stanza to a well-known poem)

13 September 2014 10:30
Regulars Enjoy A Traditional Black Country Pub

The recent invitation to submit an imaginary feature from a newspaper’s health pages extolling the benefits to wellbeing of something traditionally thought to be bad for you drew a smallish… Continue reading

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Being right-wing hasn’t made me happy

12 September 2014 18:10
A vibrant youth scene?

Can being more Right-wing make you happier? According to the right-wing Daily Mail it can: ‘People with conservative views are more content than their more liberal-minded neighbours, research suggests. ‘Those… Continue reading

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Former Newsnight hack slams Beeb’s referendum ‘propaganda’

12 September 2014 18:02
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Former Newsnight correspondent Paul Mason seems rather happy to be free of Auntie, especially since the Scottish independence referendum campaign sent the establishment to panic stations: ‘Not since Iraq have I… Continue reading

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Four-wheel-drives are to ISIS what longbows were to the English at Agincourt

12 September 2014 14:37
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What exactly, I found myself wondering, would jihadists do without modern four-wheel-drives? Car ads are customarily shot on the French Riviera’s Grande Corniche or on a very particular road in… Continue reading

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In Palestine, homosexuality is a capital offence. Does Peter Tatchell not realise this?

11 September 2014 19:01
Peter Tatchell (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Peter Tatchell has been awarded an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths University for ’47 years of LGBTI activism’ and campaigning. I’m not sure I agree with these baubles, but if anyone… Continue reading

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Meet society’s latest ‘victims’: fatties, nerds and geeks

11 September 2014 17:50
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Exciting times for those of us who are fatter than we should be. The feeling of being put upon may be, at a stroke, translated into full-on discrimination status if… Continue reading

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Missing: One Secretary of State for Scotland

10 September 2014 14:30
Have you seen this man? You might have done – in Westminster. Image: Getty

Don’t they know there’s a war on? Given that the government has finally woken up to the very real threat of a ‘yes’ victory, Mr S was rather surprised to… Continue reading

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The Man Booker hoicks itself back on to the plinth of respectability with this shortlist

9 September 2014 18:18
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Remember when the Man Booker prize was as reputable as the Queen? When it served as the nation’s literary oracle? When nobody thought about doubting its authority because its juries… Continue reading

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Labour learn a valuable market lesson

9 September 2014 16:16
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A wincing Douglas Alexander told Newsnight last night that the tightening of the referendum polls ‘saw more £2 billion worth of value wiped off the stocks of Scottish companies.’ His… Continue reading

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Why I am voting No

9 September 2014 16:02
Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

Once upon a time, a long while ago, I lived in Dublin. It was a time when everything seemed possible and not just because I was younger then. The country… Continue reading

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Is it really imaginable that the British people could rise up against the Jews?

9 September 2014 12:16
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Howard Jacobsen’s J has been shortlisted for the 2014 Booker Prize today: At first sight, J represents a significant departure for Howard Jacobson. It’s set in a future Britain where some sort of apocalypse… Continue reading

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Erm what about the English?

9 September 2014 10:12
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One way or another, English nationalism, a beast the union kept in its cage, will prowl the land after the Scottish vote. If the Scots leave, of course, then nothing… Continue reading

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The Labour candidate happy to cook his own goose

8 September 2014 17:16
Dr Mark Hayes

Labour like to campaign with the slogan ‘our NHS’, but are they taking their claim of owning the health service a little bit too far? Dr Mark Hayes is standing for… Continue reading

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