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Long life

25 August 2012

What has happened to Italy, a country that not even Mussolini could discipline? It used to be cheerfully anarchic and self-indulgent: cars parked haphazardly all over pavements, long lunches and… Read more

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2074: capital punishment

25 August 2012

Six unclued lights are names for HELL (12), which is ‘A CITY MUCH LIKE LONDON’ (38 43) according to a quotation by SHELLEY. First prize J.H. Peevers, Didmarton, Glos Runners-up… Read more

Wild life

25 August 2012

Kigali Eighteen years after Rwanda’s bloodbath I disembarked from my flight and was surprised to see that mortar craters no longer pitted the airport tarmac. At a city café where… Read more

Bill

25 August 2012

In 1911, bakers and dustmen were more likely than most to be called Bill, or at least William, according to one of those family genealogy companies, Ancestry.co.uk, which has been… Read more

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No. 231

25 August 2012

White to play. This position is from Leko-Ivanchuk, Nice 2009. All three white pieces are on the kingside while the black forces are all on the queenside. The black king… Read more

Kevin Pietersen needs a Graeme Smith

25 August 2012

Having reached the summit of the Test cricket rankings by thoroughly outplaying England in three matches that flew largely under the radar due to events in east London, South Africa… Read more

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25 August 2012

The Olympics may be over — but is another gold medal in the pipeline for Team GB? At the time of writing, the England Women are battling it out with… Read more

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Grand prix

25 August 2012

London’s newest and most flamboyant chess entrepreneur, Andy Paulson of Agon, which has acquired all World Championship rights from Fidé, is set to stage a spectacular Grand Prix tournament at… Read more

The worst result

25 August 2012

This week, the GCSE results envelope landed on doormats across the country. The results ought, on any rational basis, to shame the nation. Never mind how well or badly pupils… Read more

Christopher Booker

25 August 2012

When in 2009 I published a book called The Real Global Warming Disaster it provoked contrasting responses from two members of the royal family. Prince Charles, protesting that he was… Read more

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25 August 2012

Home After being granted asylum by Ecuador, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, addressed a crowd of supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy, to which he had fled… Read more

Vitruvius on rail franchising

25 August 2012

Ever since nationalisation was invented in the 19th century, private franchising (e.g. the West Coast Main Line) has raised the question: why should private business profit from a public service which the state ‘should’… Read more

25 August 2012

A place for sport Sir: Many of us in the education world are baffled by the political furore over school sports fields. Harris Federation runs 13 academies, largely in tight… Read more

Mr Bean goes to Ecuador

25 August 2012

When they come to make the inevitable tele-movie about the Assange affair, may we recommend that Sacha Baron Cohen play the part of Ecuadorean despot, sorry, er, president Rafael Correa… Read more

How a centre-right politican wins

25 August 2012

Bunting, banners, and balloons are now rolling into Tampa, Florida by the truckload in preparation for next week’s Republican National Convention. The convention marks the close of a bruising year-long… Read more

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No laughing matter

25 August 2012
The Watch Nationwide

It’s a brave soul who buys a cinema ticket at this time of year, when all the studios try to bury their rubbish, and it’s a brave soul who buys… Read more

Diary Australia 25 August 2012

25 August 2012

I fly to China with Cathay Pacific, the largest shareholder of which is the British based Swire Group. The Swire Group and Jardine Matheson have survived for around 200 years… Read more

Lost in the smoke

25 August 2012

Imagine, for a moment, you were in charge of cutting Australia’s already quite low smoking rate. Would you a) spend a vast amount of time and treasure attacking the packaging… Read more

25 August 2012

Broomstick, the reflections of Dame Leonie Kramer on her life and times, does not begin at the start of her brilliant career but at the end — or at least… Read more

25 August 2012

One of the grave concerns of parents is bullying at school, that unbearable circumstance in which good, hard-working students are harassed and bashed by ferals in the playground. Instead of… Read more

25 August 2012

You may have been wondering what I have been doing over the past few months when I should have been writing in The Spectator Australia. Well, at long last I… Read more

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Bourne again

18 August 2012
The Bourne Legacy Nationwide

Seriously, what has Hollywood got against wolves at the moment? First there was last year’s The Grey, which saw a bearded Liam Neeson stalked across Alaska by a pack of… Read more

Glorious Grieg

18 August 2012

Eternally fresh. That’s how Grieg’s Piano Concerto is described by programme notes, Classic FM, etc. Though, to be honest, eternally stale is nearer the mark. No 19th-century warhorse has been… Read more

Walk on the wild side

18 August 2012

A good title works wonders at the Edinburgh Fringe. Oliver Reed: Wild Thing (Gilded Balloon) has a simple and succinct name that promises excitement, drama and celebrity gossip. And it… Read more

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Double vision

18 August 2012

If you were to condense everything that was most quintessentially English about quintessential Englishness — from the green man and morris dancing to Vaughan Williams and The Whitsun Weddings —… Read more