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Portrait of the Week
Diary Bel Mooney
Politics Tim Montgomerie 10 Dave Michael Heath 13 Letters 23 You know it makes sense James Delingpole 24 Shared opinion Hugo Rifkind 27 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer 28 Ancient & modern 54
The age of the megacity Doug Saunders In 100 years we will be an entirely urban species
Crisis in Kashmir Jonathan Foreman The vicious conflict is too dangerous to be ignored
What is Zardari playing at? Isabel Villiers Pakistan’s President should have cancelled his trip
The boss class stays put Rod Liddle BBC fat cats will not be part of the move to Salford
Suburban hymns Christopher Howse Pop music puts the lyricism into everyday life
Train à Grande Vexation Ross Clark France’s famous TGV trains are in fact rubbish
Letter from the Far East David Tang
Books Sam Leith: What to Look for in Winter, by Candia McWilliam 29 James Buchan: Crossing Mandelbaum Gate, by Kai Bird 30 Charles Cumming: The Burning Wire, by Jeffery Deaver 30 Inigo Thomas: Driving Home, by Jonathan Raban 31 Christian House on first novels 32 Lucy Hughes-Hallett: Antony and Cleopatra, by Adrian Goldsworthy 33 Diana Hendry: The House with Blue Shutters, by Lisa Hilton 34 Blair Worden on Hugh TrevorRoper 35
‘My wife thinks I’m trying out one of Boris’s bikes.’
Cover by Christian Adams. Drawings by Michael Heath, Castro, Nick Hobart, Lucid, Len, Mico, Dredge, Bernie, Holland, RGJ, Adam Singleton and Nick Newman.
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William Cook celebrates the enduring appeal of Cannon & Ball 36 Exhibitions: Sargent and the Sea Andrew Lambirth 37 Opera: Die Walküre Michael Tanner 38 Theatre: The Prince of Homburg; Danton’s Death Lloyd Evans 40 Olden but golden Charles Spencer 42 Dance: Bolshoi Ballet Giannandrea Poesio 42 Radio Kate Chisholm 43
Low life Jeremy Clarke
Real life Melissa Kite
Bridge Susanna Gross
And finALLy . . .
Chess Raymond Keene
Competition; Crossword 50, 51 Status anxiety Toby Young 54 Sport Roger Alton 55 Your problems solved Mary Killen 55
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