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The hidden terrors of the countryside

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It is time for town-dwellers to be very brave. We are about to venture into the perilous unknown. There is a place, according to no less an authority than the director-general of the National Trust, which is "alien" and "full...

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A father’s fancy footwork

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At a meeting of fans who supported a large football club, a man in his forties once stood up to speak. "This is our club," he said. "Let's face it, nothing matters quite as much as this – wife, family,...

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Aux armes across the Channel

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A few concerns have been raised about plans for closer co-operation between the British and French armies. There have been quacks of alarm from traditionalists and little Englanders, fearful that the essential character of our soldiery will be compromised by...

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The return of our old friend, cultural snobbery

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There was a time when politicians were social outsiders, too derided and distrusted to be able to influence everyday behaviour in the wider world. In one area, though, they are turning out to be trend-setters. With dimple-cheeked Old Etonians in...

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They’re off! The Royal Brown-Nose Handicap is under way

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Is there anything quite as hilarious, yet embarrassing, as the British media moving into royal mode? The simpering fake familiarity, the cringing deference, the solemn recital of every dreary detail of royal domestic life, the unspoken obsession with class: nothing reveals...

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Song of the week: Sad Old Bastards with Guitars

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I thought I'd post a little Friday song for the next few weeks. Here's my first offering - a song with a message which I wrote earlier in the year. Sad Old Bastards with Guitars by TerenceBlacker

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