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A painful confession 2nd November 2007

In his painfully raw “Confessions” (November) on the subject of piles, Andrew Martin lists some synonyms from rhyming slang, such as “nauticals” (nautical miles). I well remember Arthur Daley visiting a friend in hospital, who was said to be in for his “Chalfonts [St Giles].” Patrick Malahide London NW1

Tumultuous Britain 4th November 2007

Walter Russell Mead’s article on the relationship between Britain and the US (November) prompts the thought that it can never be “special” in the sense of providing Britain with the guarantee of real political influence in Washington.…

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