Reflections on the heart of Russia, p59
3 Leading article 7 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Christopher Caldwell 11 The Spectator’s Notes 14 Mind your language 16 Barometer 17 Rod Liddle 25 Matthew Parris 26 James Delingpole 28 Ancient and modern 31 Letters 32 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
Dances with Toulouse-Lautrec, p49
12 What women want The Tories’ patronising attempts to regain their female vote Melanie McDonagh 13 Catherine Ormell ‘The Food Hall Seduction’: a poem 14 Libya Notebook Days of hope in Benghazi
Ned Cranborne 16 Moscow’s man in al-Qa’eda
The new terror leader and the KGB Pavel Stroilov 18 The Alexander technique A Brownite repents
James Forsyth 20 Liberty, equality, fecundity Breeding for victory in France
John Laughland 22 Making waves
An interview with Her Deepness Lloyd Evans 28 Pet hate Why is London so anti-dog?
BOOKS & ARTS
Boks 38 Ian Thomson on Rome 40 Allan Massie
Tides of War, by Stella Tillyard; On His Majesty’s Service, by Allan Mallinson Edward King
Intern Nation, by Ross Perlin 41 Simon Courtauld
Into the Arena, by Alexander Fiske-Harrison 42 Justin Cartwright
Last Man in Tower, by Aravind Adiga Paul Johnson
To End All Wars, by Adam Hochschild 43 Bookends Lewis Jones 44 James Walton
Foreign Bodies, by Cynthia Ozick 45 William Feaver
John Craxton, by Ian Collins Richard Davenport-Hines The Age of Anxiety, by W.H. Auden
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Illusions of the bailout, p3
What makes the Wigmore Hall shine, p47
Arts 47 Michael Tanner celebrates the 110th birthday of the Wigmore Hall 48 Viewpoint Tiffany Jenkins 49 Exhibitions Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril:
Beyond the Moulin Rouge; The Camden Town Group Centenary Exhibition Andrew Lambirth 50 Olden but golden Charles Spencer 52 Theatre Luise Miller; Emperor and Galilean
Lloyd Evans 55 Cinema Bridesmaids
Toby Young 56 Radio Kate Chisholm 57 Television Simon Hoggart Culture notes Daisy Dunn
Travel 59 Moscow’s ring of gold Peter Phillips 61 Tolstoy’s spa Jonathan Dimbleby Life 65 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 66 Real life Melissa Kite 67 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Janet de Botton
And finaly . . . 68 Chess Raymond Keene 69 Competition; Crossword 70Status anxietyTobyYoung Dave Michael Heath 71 Sport RogerAlton Your problems solved Mary Killen
What sort of a letter does one write to a widower who has helped his wife kill herself? Is it a condolence letter, or a ‘job well done’ missive? Charles Moore, p11
In the past we understood our debt to dogs. Yet these days, in London, owning a dog is practically an offence. Julia Stephenson, p28
It’s the small things that drive you mad. Every so often I start worrying about big stuff – God, or lung cancer – but a cigarette puts me right Charles Spencer, p50
Christopher Caldwell (Diary, p. 9) is senior editor of the Weekly Standard and a columnist for the Financial Times.
Pavel Stroilov (p. 16) is the editor and translator of the posthumous collection of Alexander Litvinenko’s writings, Allegations.
Julia Stephenson (p. 28) is the author of Letting Go of the Glitz: One Woman’s Struggle to Live a Simple Life in Chelsea.
Ian Thomson (p. 38) is the prizewinning author of The Dead Yard: A Story of Modern Jamaica.
Jonathan Dimbleby (p. 61) is, among other things, the author of Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People.
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