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Enough of this defeatism about the Olympics

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So, the great carnival of celebration that will climax in five and a half years' time with the London Olympics is now under way. This week the former rower Sir Steve Redgrave is launching a campaign to find some quite...

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Pimp your ride the green celebrity way

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There is some good news at last this week for Planet Earth. The writer Iain Banks has announced to the press that he has undergone a major change of conviction about the environment, and is changing his lifestyle accordingly. He...

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Why do we want marital perfection in our leaders?

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As a political leader nears the end of his period in power, he is likely to loosen up in interviews and perhaps even in the way he behaves. He might admit that, early in his career, he was too eager...

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The dangers of email dependency

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How did they feel, the 1.8 million protesters, when this week they received a long email in response to their petition from the Prime Minister? They had logged on to the Downing Street website, a new exercise in online consultation...

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For Lent, could we all just calm down a bit?

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It is the season for self-mortification with the start today of Lent, one of Christianity's better inventions. There is much to be said for a short, bracing spell in our personal wilderness, without booze or chocolate or fags or TV,...

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Why sex surveys are going to the dogs

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This month, some startling new statistics have come to light. A higher proportion of Britons find Sir Cliff Richard a powerfully erotic fantasy figure than they do George Clooney. Between Carol Vorderman and Nicole Kidman, it is the Countdown presenter...

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It is easy to shout from the sidelines

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Fingers on buzzers, your starter for 10: which public figure has just achieved the unique double distinction of having an exhibition based on his work shown at Tate Britain while in the same month being voted 2007's Most Inspiring Political...

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An oasis of calm in a poultry crisis

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The signs are now in place on the borders of the restricted zone. Local newspapers have moved on to emergency footing and bear headlines which read "The crisis - what YOU can do". Meanwhile, within the zone, we are doing...

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