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Entries by Christina Patterson from 11/2011

Thank God Ethics Is a Messy Business

| Posted 11.05.2011 | Religion

"The events of the last couple of weeks," said the Archbishop of Canterbury, "have shown very clearly how decisions made in good faith by good people under unusual pressure can have utterly unforeseen and unwelcome consequences."

It Wasn't Just One Man Who Killed the King of Pop

| Posted 11.10.2011 | Celebrity

It was Conrad Murray's defense lawyer who reminded jurors that "this is not a reality show, it's reality." Unfortunately, no one in Michael Jackson's sad, strange and shockingly friendless life, seemed to know the difference.

Why Leonardo Thought He Wasn't Good Enough

| Posted 11.14.2011 | Arts

You'd have thought that someone who seemed to spend most of his time looking for excuses not to paint, and who finished only about 15 paintings in his whole lifetime, might not be all that good at it. But you would, of course, be wrong.

It's Not Just the Tabloid Press That's on Trial

| Posted 11.23.2011 | Media

When people rush out to buy newspapers that plaster the secrets of people's sex lives, and medical records, and interior décor, and unannounced pregnancies, and private walks in their dead daughter's last steps, where do they think they come from?

If You Dress Your Child Like a Tart, Don't Worry, You're Not to Blame

| Posted 11.27.2011 | Parents

I find it hard to disagree with Helen Wright that when little girls wear "Future WAG" T-shirts, and make-up, and high heels, there's "something intensely wrong." But parents, she said, aren't to blame. Schools, she said, had "a key role to play" in providing guidance.

No Wonder the British White Working Classes Are Fed Up

| Posted 11.30.2011 | World

Large sections of the white working classes in England, according to a new report, feel that, when it comes to things like the allocation of social housing, they are "last in line."