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Zoos are the last place to keep wild animals

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It has been a bumper month for A-list animal celebrities. Knut, Berlin Zoo's famous polar bear cub, has made the front cover of Vanity Fair, posing in a faked-up photograph with Leonardo DiCaprio. According to that great style magazine, Knut...

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The web holds up a mirror to our cruelty

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When the shaggy libertarians of the love generation first pioneered the idea of the internet, they believed it would be an instrument for free expression, democracy and anarchy. Taking hippie values into the cybernetic age, it would bring the kind...

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What a prim and prurient nation we’ve become

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How is your mindset today? At the start of a long weekend, with spring in the air, it will probably be in an acceptable state. If for some unhappy reason it is not, you will be reassured to know that...

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Dubai, where they play for high stakes

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On the track, a horse is on fire. A snow-white Lippizaner on a long rein, it makes its way slowly, trembling and wide-eyed, past the grandstand at Nad Al Sheba racecourse in Dubai. It is almost nine at night and,...

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Trust teenagers to make their choices

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We live in a careless age. Only this week, a survey - yet another survey - has revealed that childhood has been lost. David Cameron has made a speech arguing that adults have lost authority over the young. In his...

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This sanctimonious whiff of disapproval

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On balance, it was probably not a very good idea for Lady Black, in the early days of the trial of her husband Conrad, to call a Canadian TV producer a "slut". Nor was her subsequent characterisation of the entire...

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Truly daring remarks from a voice of sanity

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In the relatively unlikely event of Britain becoming a republic and there being a vacancy for a wise, sensitive, public-spirited person to become head of state, there can surely be only one candidate. He is the man with whom Tony...

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What is so thrilling about killing a deer?

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An exciting new sport is becoming popular in America. Enterprising safari owners have realised that there is good money to be made from the internet and are bringing the joys of hunting animals into the home. A variety of mammals...

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If academics can’t think freely, who can?

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There is more than a hint of Lucky Jim to Professor David Coleman, as he poses for a photograph, tweed-jacketed, in his book-lined room at Oxford. He looks like a man who would rather enjoy stirring things up and goosing...

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The sorry state of these latter-day icons

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An alarming insight into the minds of the people of Warwick has been provided by the psychology department of the town's university. A study into British attitudes to character, published in the magazine Personality and Individual Differences, interviewed 17,056 adults,...

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