Westminster games, p10
New gardens with deep roots, p37
Sharpen your Olympic conversation, p14
3 Leading articles 7 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Miriam Gross 10 Politics James Forsyth 11 The Spectator’s Notes 17 Rod Liddle 22 Ancient and modern 23 By the book 24 Hugo Rifkind 26 Letters 28 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
Barometer returns next week.
12 Day of the drones The writer Daniel Suarez on a flying-robot revolution Mary Wakefield 14 Brush up your Olympics How to win gold when conversing in front of the telly Mark Mason 16 ‘We are one body’ In Syria, the regime’s violence has reinvigorated the uprising Paul Wood 18 China’s office of last resort Encounters with injustice, and just a little hope, at the Petitions Office John Simpson 20 No man’s land
America’s sex war started in the suburbs Florence King 22 The despair bubble
It could finally be time to be cheerful about the economy Philip Delves Broughton
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the spectator | 4 august 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk The royal command performance, p11
Arts 39 Lloyd Evans Go north, young man
(but stick to the Fringe) 40 Music Peter Phillips 41 Exhibitions Laura Knight: In the Open Air;
Alex Katz: Give me Tomorrow Andrew Lambirth 42 Opera Götterdämmerung
Michael Tanner 45 Theatre The Doctor’s Dilemma
Lloyd Evans 46 Cinema Ted
Deborah Ross 47 Television James Delingpole 49 Radio Kate Chisholm
Culture notes Victoria Lane
Cool Katz, p41
Life 53 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 54 Real life Melissa Kite The turf Robin Oakley 57 Bridge Janet de Botton
And finaly . . . 58 Chess Raymond Keene 59 Competition; Crossword 60Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 61 The Wiki Man Rory Sutherland Your problems solved Mary Killen 62 Drink Bruce Anderson Mind your language
The untalked-to suburban housewife had affairs and then went to a psychiatrist. The shrink, like her husband, hardly said a word Florence King, p20
Middle age lays many hazards and traps for us, not the least of which is golf Marcus Berkmann, p38
With children and staff milling about, it is going to be impossible to keep the place flying-spaniel-proof Melissa Kite, p55
Miriam Gross, this week’s diarist, has a memoir — An Almost English Life: Literary, and Not So Literary, Reflections — coming out next month from Short Books.
John Simpson is the BBC’s world affairs editor; on p. 18, he meets some of the people petitioning the Chinese state for justice.
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Jane Ridley, who on p. 30 contemplates the incineration of the Houses of Parliament, is the author of Bertie: a Life of Edward VII, to be published later this month.
Caroline Moorehead is a biographer and journalist specialising in human rights. Her latest book is A Train in Winter. On p. 35 she reviews a tale of pre-war Vienna.
James Walton, who reviews James Kelman’s latest on p. 35, is the author of The Faber Book of Smoking and Sonnets, Bonnets and Bennetts.