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Not all drug habits are so easily forgiven

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Illegal drugs, we have learned this week, fall into two broad categories. Some turn their users into hopeless victims who, if they are lucky enough to recover, are to be welcomed and congratulated by society. Others, equally illegal, demonise their...

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Exclusive: secrets of the stars’ Valentine cards revealed

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We are approaching a difficult weekend of decision for lovers and would-be lovers. The trickiest date in the romantic calendar, the moment when erotic opportunity and disaster are finely balanced, is almost upon us. What to say on your St...

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A religious festival in serious need of rebranding

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Hi, guys. Richard here. Hey, I was totally gobsmacked to be asked to contribute this key celebrity thought for the beginning of Lent. And really honoured. I mean that. It's a heavy time, Lent. I'm well known for respecting everyone's...

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A frightfully difficult assignment for a young prince

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The year of 2008 saw a momentous change in the fortunes of the British Royal Family, writes our historian of the future. In February that year, there were reports in the press that the heir to the throne would break...

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The untold story of an enduring icon of rock

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What a fascinating and enigmatic character Sir Cliff Richard is. One moment he is dullness personified, as reassuringly bland as an early-evening newsreader, the next he becomes almost interesting. There was the moment he held hands with Sue Barker, and...

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Why are we obsessed with taking offence?

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he useful ambiguity of the French language has rarely been better demonstrated than by an incident this weekend involving France's best-known newly-wed, M. Nicolas Sarkozy. During a visit to an agricultural fair, a member of the public rather rudely declined...

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It was tough when Miles called me off the subs’ bench

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There are various well-tried ways to assess the success of a writer – reviews, books sales, prizes, the grinding envy of his peers – but the most reliable is the simplest. How much pleasure does his work give his readers?...

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Where family’s concerned, if you’ve got it, flaunt it

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There has now surely been quite enough maundering and hand-wringing about poor old Derek Conway and the so-called "family firm" which he employed in a largely non-executive capacity at Westminster. The usual rentagob moralists have been standing on the sidelines,...

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The most fun you can have with your boots on

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With a casual, passing comment, made during the course of an analysis of the American presidency, the journalist Jacob Weisberg has blown the cover on the White House's most closely guarded secret. President Bush has never been that interested in...

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