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Exclusive: Peace breaks out in ‘Raj and racism’ literary battle, The Foreign Desk

Exclusive: Peace breaks out in ‘Raj and racism’ literary battle

It’s been a couple of months now since the drawing rooms of Delhi and beyond were set chattering by a juicy literary spat involving the writer and historian William Dalrymple and an Indian journalist, Hartosh Bal Singh, essentially over the ages-old question of who was qualified to write about India. In a pointed article in [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 6 March 2011 at 9:43 am

Jack Straw on Libya: the Iraq connection, Eagle Eye

Jack Straw on Libya: the Iraq connection

Jack Straw has an important and well-written article in The Times today (pay wall), which augurs well for the quality of his memoirs. He points out that one Arab democracy is often left out of the commentary on the uprising across north Africa and the Middle East — Iraq:
No more than Egypt or Tunisia is it [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 5 March 2011 at 12:24 pm

Celtic and Rangers meet too often, Sport

Celtic and Rangers meet too often

Celtic and Rangers play each other too many times each season. That is not to excuse the behaviour of some the Rangers players and the two managerial benches. The scenes between these two intelligent people, Neil Lennon of Celtic and Ally McCoist of Rangers was disgraceful. The police chief’s answer to play behind closed doors [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 4 March 2011 at 4:40 pm

Living with HIV: Respecting choices, Notebook

Living with HIV: Respecting choices

As the world gets ready to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, it is helpful to figure out whether we want to focus on the positive achievements women have made or to highlight the challenges that we continue to face. We probably need to address both, but the [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 4 March 2011 at 4:00 pm

Top of the posts, Notebook

Top of the posts

The weekly round up of our top posts and bloggers

By | Notebook | Friday, 4 March 2011 at 3:45 pm

Championship preview: Sheffield United’s Johnny Ertl: “We’re going to make it”, Sport

Championship preview: Sheffield United’s Johnny Ertl: “We’re going to make it”

Show strength in the face of adversity. That was the message relayed by defender Johnny Ertl to his Sheffield United team-mates as they approach the final furlong in the race to avoid relegation. Micky Adams’ side travel to Portsmouth tomorrow knowing they’re six points adrift of 21st placed Crystal Palace. The threat of relegation is [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 4 March 2011 at 1:49 pm

Self-help can work, Notebook

Self-help can work

Earlier this week I read Johann Hari’s piece “Thatcherite chicken soup for the soul” which recounted the evils of Paul McKenna’s latest self-help offering: ‘I Can Make You Happy’.
Hari’s piece spent a great deal of focusing on a few choice phrases from the book. On top of that he suggested that McKenna is telling readers [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 4 March 2011 at 12:03 pm

View from the ground at Microsoft’s Spring Showcase 2011, Games

View from the ground at Microsoft’s Spring Showcase 2011

As the dust fell on Microsoft’s 2011 Spring Showcase it wasn’t just the Xbox 360’s – on the go from midday until midnight – which were relieved to have survived.

By | Games, Notebook | Friday, 4 March 2011 at 12:00 pm

Online House Hunter: Millionaire row, Property

Online House Hunter: Millionaire row

The stamp duty rise on £1m-plus properties draws near. So get your bids in quick.

By | Property | Friday, 4 March 2011 at 11:57 am

World of weather: cane toads, Notebook

World of weather: cane toads

Cane toads were introduced to Australia in the 1930s to resolve theproblem of beetles decimating Queensland’s sugar cane crops. From an original 102 toads, the population soon rose to 3,000. But instead of going after the beetles, the toads ate insects, birds’ eggs and native frogs and its toxic skin killed off fish.
Today there are [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 4 March 2011 at 11:54 am

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