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Am I the only person who hated Glastonbury?

7 June 2007 11:40

Reading James Delingpole’s fine piece about ‘the best music festival in the universe’ brought it all flooding back. Twenty years ago, buoyed by rave reviews such as James’s, I headed… Continue reading

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Throw a hoodie

7 June 2007 10:22

My book of the moment is Mark Law’s brilliant exploration of judo, The Pyjama Game (Aurum). A specialist book on a marginal sport? Not at all. There is something about… Continue reading

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How Bandar operates

7 June 2007 8:54

Prince Bandar, the Saudi royal whom the BBC is alleging received huge sums from BAE during an arms deal, was a phenomenal Washington operator when he was Saudi ambassador there. Part… Continue reading

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Things you don’t expect to hear in the 21st century

6 June 2007 16:47

“But, you know, if anybody wants to believe that they are the descendants of a primate, they are certainly welcome to do it.” Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee at the… Continue reading

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3 Lions

6 June 2007 15:22

Bring back Sven!

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No deal on C02 emissions

6 June 2007 14:37

“You wanna translate?” said President Bush as he concluded his remarks standing beside the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. No need: it was quite clear from Dubya’s repeated bland thanks to… Continue reading

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Is it our patriotic duty to support Estonia tonight?

6 June 2007 13:26

If you think that England will never win a major trophy under Steve McClaren, and everyone pretty much accepts this, then shouldn’t we all be hoping England lose tonight? An… Continue reading

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Spinning down the Tube

6 June 2007 11:16

The other morning I came into work after one of those awful tube journeys that put you in the foulest of tempers. So it didn’t improve my mood to see… Continue reading

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Britain’s second most popular baby name

6 June 2007 10:29

Add up all the spellings of Mohammed and you learn it’s now Britain’s no2 baby name. I did this for my News of the World column on Sunday, and The… Continue reading

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Channel 4′s crass sensationalism

6 June 2007 9:43

My first job was working for Index on Censorship, so I instinctively recoil from prior restraint of the media. Nonetheless, there is a difference between censorship and humane editing, and… Continue reading

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True Brits don’t need a designated Britain day

6 June 2007 8:04

I understand Labour wants to introduce another Bank Holiday: British Day. Having spent the last decade systematically destroying all that was distinctively British and replacing treasured traditions with new-fangled politically-correct,… Continue reading

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How high is your inflation rate?

5 June 2007 21:25

In his Economics Made Easy column in the magazine last week, Allister Heath pointed out that the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the debased European measure of inflation which Gordon Brown… Continue reading

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Is Bush a good man?

5 June 2007 19:14

Politics in Washington can be an unpleasant affair. But the news that Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for perjury… Continue reading

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Name the date

5 June 2007 15:39

So, we’re going to get another, much-needed Bank Holiday to celebrate Britishness. Personally, I’d nominate the anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar on the 21st of October. It would break… Continue reading

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Obama and Clinton level for the first time

5 June 2007 15:35

This poll, if it is accurate, is big news: Barack Obama has drawn level with Hillary Clinton in national polls. If the numbers are to be believed, he’s up by… Continue reading

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Song of the Dove

5 June 2007 13:06

A new opera is a major undertaking for any company and one of the challenges is that staff responsible for raising money, enticing audiences and selling tickets can’t know exactly… Continue reading

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Sierra Leone’s tragedy

5 June 2007 11:12

I was depressed to learn yesterday that nineteen people died on a Paramount-operated helicopter in Sierra Leone on Sunday night. They had been travelling to Lunghi airport from Freetown after… Continue reading

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PM and Becks

5 June 2007 10:42

Jonathan Freedland has a fun piece in The Guardian today on the similarities between Tony Blair and David Beckham. Both have wives with a taste for the finer things in… Continue reading

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Not so glorious food

5 June 2007 9:31

I’ve just returned from the much-anticipated opening of the Wholefoods emporium on Kensington High Street feeling strangely deflated and disappointed. Having shopped extensively at Wholefoods in America,  (developing an almost… Continue reading

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Putin’s power play

5 June 2007 7:56

Read this excellent piece on the Putin missile row in the DT by Anne Applebaum (a Contributing Editor at the Spectator, when she is not winning Pulitzer Prizes and writing… Continue reading

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Some mothers do ‘ave ‘em

4 June 2007 17:32

You would have thought that Lindsey Lohan’s mum would be a little suspicious of the whole showbiz tread mill what with her daughter checking into rehab for a month. But… Continue reading

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No go with the logo

4 June 2007 13:58

I am a big fan of the London Olympics but I am not a fan of their new logo. It looks like one of the puzzles from the Krypton Factor… Continue reading

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How long do we have to stay in Iraq?

4 June 2007 10:44

This New York Times report on the progress of the surge is sobering reading. Despite the current push, two-thirds of Baghdad’s neighbourhoods remain outside of the control of US forces.… Continue reading

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Tory grassroots vent their anger at Cameron and Willetts

3 June 2007 21:48

ConservativeHome’s regular survey of Tory activists, the same one that got the leadership result pretty much spot on, shows that David Cameron’s popularity with the grassroots has been badly dented… Continue reading

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Name that job

3 June 2007 20:25

Following the Coffee House debate a few days back on the lunacy of referring to "gangs" as "groups", I was delighted by

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