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After the Deluge

Peter Campbell: How Rainbows Work

25 April 2002
The Rainbow Bridge: Rainbows in Art, Myth and Science 
by Raymond Lee and Alistair Fraser.
Pennsylvania State, 394 pp., £54.95, June 2001, 0 271 01977 8
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... the yellow or the blue: still lower was an arch of purple, like the former, highly saturated with red, under which I could not distinguish any more colours. Langwith then went on, as Raymond Lee and AlistairFraser put it, to question the rainbow wisdom of the Royal Society’s President, Isaac Newton: ‘I begin now to imagine, that the Rainbow seldom appears very lively without something of this Nature ...

William Wallace, Unionist

Colin Kidd: The Idea of Devolution

23 March 2006
State of the Union: Unionism and the Alternatives in the United Kingdom since 1707 
by Iain McLean and Alistair​ McMillan.
Oxford, 283 pp., £45, September 2005, 0 19 925820 1
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... Democrats is a small price to pay for that. Seven years on from the first elections to the Scottish Parliament, it seems that devolution has soothed the nationalist itch. Yet, as Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan recognise in their study of the unionist political tradition, this still leaves unresolved the issue of what now underpins the British connection. For unionism, they argue, is now dead ...

Trouble at the Fees Office

Jonathan Raban: Alice in Expenses Land

11 June 2009
... presses; Jacuzzis; Montblanc pens. As consumers, parliamentarians are a socially conformist bunch: they shopped for furniture and fabrics at John Lewis, Harrods, Laura Ashley, Heal’s, the House of Fraser, Debenhams, Habitat, IKEA, BoConcept and OKA; when looking for deals they went to Argos, Currys, Comet, Marks & Sparks, B&Q and Woolworths, until it closed. They love their gardens, and spent ...

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