01 January 1999
Francis Beckett ("The myth of John Smith the loser", 11 December) is right to say that the people in charge of Labour's...
01 January 1999
If Anna Freeman (Letters, 11 December) means by agnosticism "believing that we cannot know whether God exists", then I...
Culture
01 January 1999
The current issue of the French cineastes' bible, Cahiers du Cinema, features a naked girl lolling distractedly between...
Culture
01 January 1999
Guitarists have always attracted hero-worship, and it has helped the best of them survive what would otherwise be the...
01 January 1999
Cider with Rosie (ITV) was appropriately inebriate fare for the Christmas weekend. I had remembered the liquefied...
Culture
01 January 1999
"We were making the future and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making." H G Wells, When the...
Culture
01 January 1999
To quote the first work Francis Poulenc wrote for publication, the Rapsodie Negre of 1917: Honoloulou, poti lama!...
Culture
01 January 1999
Only five days till Twelfth Night. Then Captain Birdseye can go sling his hook. 'Twill no longer be the season to be...
01 January 1999
The secret of a successful relationship with computers is to remember that they go better with drugs. Alcohol and...
01 January 1999
A new heaven and a new earth; a new year and a new diet. In this week of sudden and short-lived faith in seaweed fasts...
01 January 1999
"Never mix, never worry," says my latest love, smugly quoting Edward Albee, as he watches me pour half a Red Stripe...
01 January 1999
On the Sunday before Christmas (and before the Day of the Resignations), Robert Harris, the author of Fatherland,...
01 January 1999
It's half way through the season, time to take socks. I'm sitting here, with the Christmas games over, and it's no...
Books
01 January 1999
There is a famous encounter in Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate. Cedric, a droll, flamboyantly camp social...
Books
01 January 1999
Despite the international recognition that Conor Cruise O'Brien has won in his long career as diplomat, scholar,...

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