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For as long as anyone can remember, a patch of wasteland by the Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica and Malibu has been home to a peculiar eyesore: a derelict oil tank, painted beige, with a small pipe protruding from its left hand side. Local residents of this expensive part of West Los Angeles have [...]
By way of footnotes to my columnising in The Independent on Sunday today (Comrade Coren has recently verbed the word column),* it turns out that some people do not recognise my reference to the Mirror of Erised.
This just goes to show that some of us columnisers have a cultural hinterland, doesn’t it? (Do not attempt [...]
Peter Mandelson had to be dissuaded from supporting the Coalition’s policy of raising tuition fees, he says in the preface to the paperback edition of his The Third Man:
It was I, after all, who had set up the Browne Review … I assumed, as the Treasury did, that the outcome would have to include a [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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