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20 April 2024 Aus

Big bang fallout

No one escapes the Lehrmann/Higgins ‘omnishambles’ unscathed

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Softly, softly, catchee monkey – the alphabet community’s grab for our children Somewhat naively, a New Zealand commentator thinks there’s…

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No life

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‘Like being chained to a lunatic.’ That’s how a man feels in relation to his libido. And the lunatic latches…

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Manchester City are surely unstoppable

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The artists and hippies are re-wilding their land, which is to say doing nothing at all to it and watching…

Mind your language

Amol Rajan is right to change his ways on ‘aitch’

My husband thought it brave and manly of the BBC’s Amol Rajan to resolve publicly to change his pronunciation of…

No sacred cows

Even Orwell’s Thought Police didn’t go as far as Trudeau

You’d assume the reaction to the SNP’s new hate crime laws would make other authoritarian governments hesitate before introducing similar…

The turf

The magic of Aintree

However hard some people try to make it a business, jump racing remains a sport and the Grand National its…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary: How do I choose who to sponsor for the London Marathon?

Q. For the past couple of years, many of my sons’ friends have been gamely running the London Marathon for…