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Jim Morrison – the rock star who flashed for freedom

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It must have been something of a shock for those attending a global-warming rally this week to find themselves caught up in an international debate about a dead rock star's penis. Before turning to the state of the planet, the...

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We grow kinder as we get older

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To an outsider, it would have seemed a  normal enough gathering: 25 chaps of a certain background, of a certain age, at a gentlemen’s club in London.  Around the long table, there was the usual mix of banterers and jokers,...

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Divorced, and back on the couch

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The co-author of Families and How to Survive Them has embarked upon his Alimony Tour. One of the comic themes of this travelling one-man show derives from his divorce from his third wife Alyce, and the expensive settlement which followed....

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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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