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Fat lip lagoon
February 20, 2004
The batsman’s lot can be a lonely one. Especially on Valentine’s day, with a hangover, in the scorching sun, in a faraway country where you are the only white man engaged in a Saturday afternoon game of cricket. But this...
Community Service
December 27, 2003
For a crime they committed which left a shepherd blind, Peter Holmes and Charlie Skelton sentenced themselves to 1000 hours community service. Determined to repay their debt to society, they tour the country in a hired Vauxhall Vectra, generating happiness in recompense for the old man's eyes.
Making like a washing machine in the Cook Islands
December 24, 2003
The Cook Islands may not be able to boast that they lead the world in many things – but when it comes to dancing they are top of the pile. Jonathan Harwood, our South Seas correspondent, writes.
A New York State Of Consciousness
December 20, 2003
A tale of two New York music festivals. One turned into one of those weekends, full of stories and priceless moments, that you remember for the rest of your life. The latter was an enormous embarrassing fuck-up. Graham Pond reports.
Letter from Rarotonga
December 5, 2003
Just when Jonathan Harwood thought it was safe to go back in the water...
Living the Estonian dream
December 5, 2003
Kristi Luik on the simple pleasure of trying to teach the daughter of an Estonian Minister the correct use of the gerund.
I’ve put you down for Rugby and singing in the choir
December 5, 2003
Griff Rhys Jones is starting to feel his roots.
Should I put the giant snake on my head?
December 5, 2003
America is a scary country, but I had nothing to fear from my yoga teacher. If there is a cult of Rusty, it commands nothing more than honest self-expression, writes Jason Thomspon in San Francisco.
Tarred with a bog brush
December 5, 2003
Laid out in a two thousand year old thong in a glass box in the middle of Denmark. That's no way to spend eternity.
You soon learn not to go out when you’re thirsty
December 4, 2003
Try to understand a culture which is so desperate not to harm, distress, offend or otherwise inconvenience anyone that even the teenagers spraying swearwords on the station walls try to make them less shocking. That’s Norway, writes Damon Green.
Silkeborg: home to northern Europe's largest colour fountain
December 1, 2003
Amongst other things...
Morecambe: one truly crap town
November 29, 2003
The Crinkley Bottom Theme Park was the nail in Morecambe's coffin, reflects Sam Jordison, editor of the Idler Book of Crap Towns.
Bog off, ape boy
November 21, 2003
The policeman who searched me when I went into this area wore tight rubber gloves and I found the whole procedure quite sexual. But I was probably just a bit overexcited by my impending act of international terrorism. Charlie Skelton spends an afternoon in Whitehall.
They would call, then hang up giggling
November 4, 2003
At home he was a borderline obsessive-compulsive neat freak who would spend hours vacuuming a corner. He drank gallons of vodka but wouldn’t eat anything but porridge with jam in the shape of a smiley face. Kristi Luik on her Estonian rock star boyfriend.
Two go mad in Kabul
November 3, 2003
My friend Sam made the point that if I was going to write a play slagging off the Western media for looking away from Afghanistan then I shouldn’t look away from Afghanistan myself. In fact, really, I should see it in the flesh. So two weeks later we were on the plane to Kabul, writes Henry Naylor.
Incident in Rarotonga
September 27, 2003
By Jonathan Harwood, our fearless South Seas correspondent.
Letter from Boston
September 20, 2003
An account of a muddy, yet untimately heartwarming encounter with Julia Roberts.
Hasta La Politica Baby: An American Writes
August 14, 2003
The whole Schwarzenegger candidacy is about getting Republicans elected who seem to be socially moderate, but in their fiscal conservatism make it completely impossible for the US government to have any money left to do anything, writes Robert Mackey
Hot Rocks And Birchings
August 3, 2003
Our Estonia correspondent writes...
Back and To The Left
October 15, 2002
Adventures with the Beltway Sniper. By Charlie Skelton and Paul Carr in Washington D.C.
Israel: A personal view
May 5, 2002
Like most totally assimilated, middle class, middle aged, middlebrow, medium-sized, left-leaning Jews (which is most of us), I am always the first to say "Where's the tomato ketchup, boy".

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