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What’s your favourite Robin Williams one-liner?

12 August 2014 10:49
6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes - Show

Mr S was saddened to hear of the death of Robin Williams — a man who contributed to the gaiety of nations. People wax lyrical about Williams’s ability to inhabit… Continue reading

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Ian Fleming, James Bond and The Spectator

12 August 2014 10:30
Ian Fleming

It’s 50 years since the death of Ian Fleming and The Spectator has always taken James Bond seriously. The writer of the Spectator’s Notebook in 1962 went along eagerly to… Continue reading

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What is going on at the RSPCA?

11 August 2014 17:24
Cover_RSPCA

listen to ‘John Humphrys and the #RSPCA case of Claude the cat ’ on Audioboo The RSPCA have hit the headlines once again, after the story emerged of Claude, a… Continue reading

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Owen Jones is lying about Israel. Plain and simple.

11 August 2014 17:22
Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Owen Jones’s column in the Guardian is headlined ‘Anti-Jewish hatred is rising – we must see it for what it is.’ Sadly the article falls well short of that headline’s… Continue reading

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Louise Mensch fat shames ISIS’s leader

11 August 2014 16:58
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After Obama sanctioned attacks on ISIS over the weekend, a new hashtag began to trend on Twitter  - #AmessagefromISIStoUS. Via social media, militants from the Islamic State began to threaten anyone… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond remains trapped in a currency quagmire with no way out in sight

11 August 2014 16:45
Royal Bank Of Scotland Unveil GBP8bn Profits

It has not been a happy few days for supporters of Scottish independence. It remains too soon to say whether – unusually – last week’s debate between Alistair Darling and… Continue reading

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Maria Eagle is talking nonsense about floods and climate change

11 August 2014 15:06
Flooding Continues To Affect The Somerset Levels

The Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle headed off to Woking today, where she addressed an audience of environmentalists at WWF’s swanky new headquarters. Her speech, which was widely trailed, was… Continue reading

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Forget warnings and labels. Make problem drinkers pay for their excess

11 August 2014 13:26
Pubs And Clubs in England and Wales Prepare For New Licensing Laws

It was news to me that there exists an All Party Commons Committee on Alcohol Misuse, but when you think about it, the notion makes complete sense; for evidence, all… Continue reading

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Up yours George

11 August 2014 10:28
Villiers

The most uplifting news of the weekend? Israeli tourists defied George Galloway’s decree that Bradford become an ‘Israeli-free zone’. Better even that: plenty of locals came out in sympathy with… Continue reading

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Martin Gayford meets the jazz legend Wynton Marsalis

10 August 2014 11:05
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In this week’s magazine, Martin Gayford interviews the trumpeter and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, who founded ‘Jazz’ at Lincoln Center in New York City. Here are some quotes from his piece. ‘One… Continue reading

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3,000 masochists descend on Edinburgh

9 August 2014 11:30
Mel

And they’re off. The mighty caravan of romantic desperadoes, radical egoists, stadium wannabes, struggling superstars and vanity crackheads is on its way to Edinburgh. This year’s Fringe sponsor is Virgin… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: write a preview in verse of when the lights go out (plus voter-repelling party political broadcasts)

9 August 2014 9:00
Flanders Fields 100 Years Since The Great War

The recent call for off-putting party political broadcasts on behalf of the Tories, Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens or Ukip drew a surprisingly small entry. But the Green party… Continue reading

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Did STV just come out in favour of the Union?

8 August 2014 18:20
(Photo: Getty)

STV were left red faced after the live streaming of the independence debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling broke down, which meant viewers outside Scotland were unable to watch… Continue reading

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What has Hezbollah’s Secretary General been reading this summer?

8 August 2014 18:09
T.E. Lawrence's vision of Arabia.

In Britain we seem to be obsessed by what our politicians are reading this summer. It tells us, so we think, about the way they’re thinking or perhaps just what… Continue reading

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The nine lives of Freya, the Chancellor’s cat

8 August 2014 16:15
Foreign Ministers Attend Friends Of Syria Meeting In London

News just in that George Osborne’s cat, Freya, was hit by a car outside Downing Street last night, and is currently at the vet’s. Freya is famous for her love of hunting… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism in Britain makes me feel ashamed

8 August 2014 14:40
I am ashamed that anti-Semitism is sweeping Britain and Europe.(CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

As silly seasons go, this August has been pretty rubbish, I have to say. Iraq heads the list of gloomy subjects, obviously, as 100,000 Christians and many more Yazidis flee… Continue reading

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The great David Ekserdjian deserves a museum of his own

8 August 2014 14:28
Rare Roman Souvenir Acquired By The British Museum

Ever since Mr Blair’s New Dawn of 1997, the dominant idea in public policy towards public collections has been ‘access’. The doctrine is more than half-right: art, antiquities etc paid… Continue reading

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The black flag of ISIS is flying in London

8 August 2014 12:36
The black flag of jihad is flying in Europe. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/GettyImages)

There is a phrase used of, and by, jihadists: ‘First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.’ Well there’s a fine example of this on display at the moment in… Continue reading

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Jobs for the boys and girls

8 August 2014 10:21
The House of Lords is beyond reproach, apparently. (ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/GettyImages)

Mr S can’t help but notice that there is no Ukip peer among the list of the newly ennobled. This is surprising. Nigel Farage has survived attacks, smears and a… Continue reading

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Tories select raft of women – in no-hope seats

8 August 2014 9:57
Image: Getty

It has been bought to my attention that amongst the Conservative Party candidates selected this week, women outnumbered men two to one. Tory HQ are clearly very proud that Mims… Continue reading

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Thank God we’re intervening in Iraq again

8 August 2014 8:45
IRAQ-UNREST-YAZIDIS

Yesterday, I had a succession of texts from one of the priests in my local parish, Mgr Nizar, who heads the Iraqi Catholic church in London, asking, with increasing urgency,… Continue reading

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Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, a good and holy priest

8 August 2014 8:28
Journey Of The Cross And Icon Takes Place In Sydney

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux in Rome at the age of 99. I won’t attempt an obituary, but my memories of him… Continue reading

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George Galloway declares Bradford an ‘Israel free zone’

7 August 2014 16:28
MP George Galloway In Scotland To Give Speech Against Independent Scotland

Mr S doesn’t imagine that Israel is among Bradford’s major trading partners. But George Galloway has put the matter beyond doubt with this outburst. It’s raving (and chilling), even by Gorgeous George’s standards.… Continue reading

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How long before self-publicising Baroness Warsi pops up in another party?

7 August 2014 16:11
warsi

At the impressive Westminster Abbey vigil to mark the centenary of the first world war on Monday night, there was one big candle for each quarter of the Abbey, and… Continue reading

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Ten foods to tackle diabetes

7 August 2014 14:58
10-Foods

Diabetes is spreading to epic proportions in the UK. It affects 3.2 million people, a figure which has doubled since 1996 and is expected to rise to five million by… Continue reading

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