Society
31 January 2000
The other day, a person who had just become a columnist for a scientific journal wrote to ask me how I avoided...
Society
24 January 2000
It's now a month since Christmas and our 12 year old has watched The Matrix at least six times. Admittedly the film is...
Society
17 January 2000
Have you heard about "clean slate syndrome"? It is - reputedly - a new psychotherapeutic term invented to deal with the...
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10 January 2000
There were some very impressive answers to my Christmas quiz, which just demonstrated once more that my readers are...
Society
20 December 1999
This summer I was sitting by a campfire when one of my companions said that there was a red squirrel on the trunk of...
Society
13 December 1999
One of the incidental pleasures of December is the "International Books of the Year" feature in the Times Literary...
Society
06 December 1999
Everyone should begin the year 2000 with a project. (Incidentally, one of the many irritations about it becoming 2000...
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29 November 1999
Ten am. 12st 8lb, alcohol units 0, cigarettes 0, calories 357 (according to the outside of the porridge packet). Don't...
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22 November 1999
After Lord Byron's death, his old lawyer wrote to a mutual friend telling him a "singular fact" about Byron's life...
Society
15 November 1999
I've been feeling intense rages recently, the kind that make you feel as if internal organs are haemorrhaging and the...
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08 November 1999
I recently got into a conversation with members of my family about names. Somebody asked what names we would choose for...
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01 November 1999
I remember when the first countryside march arrived in central London, I thought it was a joke. People in funny jackets...
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25 October 1999
There's been some research into men and depression, which I'll get on to in a moment. However, one of the many causes...
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18 October 1999
I was deeply moved by Melvyn Bragg's account of his first year as Lord Bragg, published in this week's Observer. In...
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11 October 1999
Clive James wrote that he gave up writing his Observer TV column when he started seeing the same ideas coming around...

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