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Does Pope Francis believe in the Rapture?

20 September 2014 22:31
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Yesterday Pope Francis preached one of the most extraordinary sermons ever delivered by a pope, one that demonstrates the laziness of those commentators who think he is a typical Latin American… Continue reading

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Anna Nicole is a masterpiece

20 September 2014 19:18
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It isn’t often that you can say you’ve seen an opera not only of but about our times. But Anna Nicole – which I saw Thursday night at the Royal Opera… Continue reading

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The left cannot be an anti-English movement.

19 September 2014 16:48
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  During the referendum campaign nothing astonished me and Labour campaigners more than left wing English intellectuals embracing Scottish nationalism. It was not that they did not have the right… Continue reading

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Who can explain the dead rabbits I keep seeing everywhere?

19 September 2014 14:48
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Can anyone explain why there are so many dead rabbits lying around at the moment? I’ve found three in my garden, untouched by predators, and the lanes nearby are festooned… Continue reading

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Celebrities react badly to the referendum result

19 September 2014 14:27
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As the Saltires are put away and the fireworks dismantled, some celebrities waking up to the Scottish referendum result took it rather badly, the poor lambs. Russell Brand was in his… Continue reading

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With malice toward none and with charity towards all, now the real work begins

19 September 2014 12:07
Scotland Decides - The Result Of the Scottish Referendum On Independence Is Announced

Relief, actually. Not joy. A battle won is better than a battle lost but still an exhausting, bloody, business. There is no need to bayonet the wounded. It would, in… Continue reading

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Fear and loathing in the Vatican

18 September 2014 23:03
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Here is a picture of Cardinal Raymond Burke, whose grand title of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura is matched only by the magnificence of his ecclesiastical dress. He is famous… Continue reading

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The John Cantlie video shows Islamic State have taken a leaf out of Vice’s book

18 September 2014 16:58
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Islamic State (IS) have just released a new video that features the journalist John Cantlie. Until now, his whereabouts in Syria were unknown, but it now looks as if he has… Continue reading

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In praise of Den-zel

18 September 2014 13:21
Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

His Christian name is only two syllables, with the stress (following the African-American pronunciation) on the second. Two syllables that are a byword for urbane cool. A mellifluous shibboleth – the… Continue reading

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A No vote will create a schism between the voters of Scotland and its artists and writers

18 September 2014 10:37
Alasdair Gray: 'You can only learn to govern yourself by doing it'

With the Scottish independence referendum drawing closer, two Newsweek Europe magazine correspondents and friends – Finlay Young (Scotsman), and Simon Akam (Englishman) – travelled the length of the United Kingdom… Continue reading

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Vote for Britain to be a force for good in the world. Vote to keep the Union

17 September 2014 20:36
Scottish Referendum 'Better Together' Campaigners On The Streets Of Glasgow

I have been almost silent about the Scottish independence campaign. Not just because, like a lot of British people, I had assumed that this terrible matter would never have been opened… Continue reading

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Let me introduce you to ‘sick chick lit’

17 September 2014 18:27
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Chick lit has its place. On long-haul flights, for example, when you’re a bit pissed and bored with the films on offer, and all you wanted is some literary fast food.… Continue reading

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Muphry’s Law in action

17 September 2014 15:47
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‘Ineptocracy: Noun – A government characterised by incompetent leaders.’ A gloriously incompetent attack on incompetence, and the greatest example of Muphry’s Law that Mr S has seen in a long… Continue reading

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Yes or No, the little white rose of Scotland will bloom again

17 September 2014 13:28
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And so our watch is all but over. Who knows what comes tomorrow but at least and at last the final reckoning is upon us. It is choosing time and… Continue reading

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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
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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
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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
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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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