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Smoking: a crime worse than urinating on someone's shoes

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
SMOKING, like politics, brings out the worst in people. But it’s not smokers I find objectionable; it’s the joyless bastards who are trying to drive it out of our society that I really hate. I’m not a smoker – my ...

Article from Saturday 10, August, 2013
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The Guardian, Butane Gas or Nitrous Oxide – choose your own poison

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
THERE WAS a jolly little story in the papers recently that alerted us to some strange goings-on in the lovely German university town of Gottingen. In recent days, cannabis plants have started springing up on lawns, flowerbeds and laybys all over ...

Article from Saturday 3, August, 2013
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Bert Trautmann; the Good German

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
ENGLAND has lost one of its greatest Germans. Every football fan knows the story of Bert Trautmann, the goalkeeper who helped his team to win the 1956 FA Cup Final despite a broken neck. But there was a lot more ...

Article from Saturday 20, July, 2013
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Forget Snowden and Greenwald's motives – state spying is the issue

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
I ONCE had to spend five hours in transit at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. It wasn’t a a lot of fun. The café I fetched up in sold two kinds of sandwich: a square of brown bread with sausage, and a ...

Article from Saturday 13, July, 2013
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Miliband's battle he can't afford to lose – in so many ways

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
“GET TO FALKIRK”. A conveniently vanilla version of the classic Scottish “GTF”, it’s perfect for those too proper or polite to use the earthier, more direct word “fuck”, even when you’re basically telling someone to bugger off. Telling them to ...

Article from Saturday 6, July, 2013
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Susan Boyle, plastic bags and Andy Murray – is that all there is?

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
WRITING A weekly column, even one as unfailingly mediocre as this one, isn’t as straightforward as it may look. Coming up with a new topic to be outraged about each and every Saturday isn’t easy. For one thing, there are ...

Article from Saturday 29, June, 2013
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Just how intolerant of opposition will the new Scotland be?

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
ONCE MORE this week, Nigel Farage came north to stump for UKIP in an election campaign, and once more he was sent homewards to think again. Hotel bookings were cancelled after threats, tea with the deputy council leader in Aberdeen ...

Article from Saturday 22, June, 2013
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Iain Banks: a distinctive voice I'll miss

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
I'M NOT AN emotional man, and I seldom cry, except occasionally when I ask a girl out on a date and she phones the police. But I’ll admit to coming close, very close, last Sunday night when I heard the ...

Article from Saturday 15, June, 2013
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The night I shared a bedroom with Ruth Davidson

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
IT WAS MANY years ago now, but I still remember that night in Ruth Davidson’s bedroom when she got naked. Let’s back up here, lest I be misunderstood. After a drunken student night out, you see, she had graciously offered myself ...

Article from Saturday 8, June, 2013
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Internet censorship; first they came for porn, then they came for your opinions

Columnist MR EUGENIDES
MARK BRIDGER is a vile man. We may never know for sure what he did with April Jones, but all the signs point to sexual abuse, followed by murder and dismemberment of the five year-old’s body; an almost unbelievably horrifying sequence ...

Article from Saturday 1, June, 2013
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