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My ears are deaf, and yet I seem to hear
Sweet nature’s music and the songs of man,
For I have learned from Fancy’s artisan
How written words can thrill the inner ear
Just as they move the heart, and so for me
They also seem to ring out loud and free.

Robert Panara, poet and pioneer of deaf studies, died on July 20th aged 94

To say he lived high on the hog would be an understatement. By his own estimate he spent $100m on drugs, drink, women and high living in just one decade. He had 14 mistresses on his personal payroll (“If it floats, flies or fucks,” he once said, it was better to rent than to buy.)
Felix Dennis, a hedonist and media magnate, died on June 22nd aged 67
The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
Edmund Burke, who died in 1797, is best known for his late writings on the French revolution. The 18th-century member of Parliament, who was a Whig, was one of the first to decry the revolt as the dangerous work of a swinish multitude.
We can do just exactly whatever we want to do. And you know why? Because we’re Young Ones. Bachelor boys. Crazy, mad, wild-eyed, big-bottomed anarchists.
Rik Mayall, who died on June 9th was the most original and funniest of the alternative comedians who emerged in the early 1980s and still dominate British television. They were maverick, furious and stridently political
Ordinary folk trust Davos Man no more than they would a lobbyist for the Worldwide Federation of Weasels.
A survey by Edelman, a public-relations firm, finds that only 18% of people trust business leaders to tell the truth. For political leaders, the figure is 13%.
As of December 2011 just 51% of all American adults were married and 28% never had been, down from 72% and up from 15% in 1960.
America’s out-of-wedlock birth rate is soaring. That has social and economic implications. Should governments encourage their citizens to marry?
We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.
Information technology has changed daily life. So why does it seem to have had a less explosive impact on economic growth than inventions of decades past?
Kivu is one of the world’s most explosive lakes. If its gases were suddenly released, the explosion could be “the biggest catastrophe humankind has experienced,” perhaps suffocating or incinerating the 2m people who live on the shore
Rwanda’s KivuWatt project generates electricity from the methane and carbon dioxide stored in the lake. But if Western governments continue to withhold aid, which accounts for 40% of Rwanda’s budget, this and many other initiatives will grind to a halt.
A world-class butler can earn up to £150,000 ($240,000) plus bonus, separate living accommodation and all expenses.
Butlering is back in fashion. Hollywood films and the success of television shows like “Downton Abbey” have helped.
He wrote by hand because this forced his brain to wait.
Few literary authors achieve the cult celebrity of rock stars. But there was something about David Foster Wallace that seemed bigger than his books.
If you live in America, you are four times more likely to be murdered than if you live in Britain, almost six times more likely than in Germany, and 13 times more likely than in Japan.
Guns don’t kill crowds of innocent people, explain our leader writers. Maniacs with easy access to military-grade weapons do.
What a car crash. We are speechless.
An anonymous British official comments on Mitt Romney’s gaffe-filled visit to London.
As a journalist, I’m delighted that my job guarantees me a troubled but ultimately blissful courtship with the woman of my dreams. But I can’t help but wonder why hygiene inspectors and chartered accountants shouldn’t have their own shot at happiness.
What jobs in romantic comedies say about the characters—and about viewers.
There is an ongoing and grisly contest between military snipers to see who can kill an enemy soldier from the farthest distance away. The present record is held by Craig Harrison, a corporal in the British Army’s Household Cavalry, who managed to kill two Taliban soldiers from 2,475 metres in November 2009.
Sniper rifles incorporate increasingly complex technology. Self-aiming bullets equipped with steerable fins are the latest innovation.
America of all countries still has plenty of grounds to hope for a better future, despite its underperforming politics, and no matter who triumphs in November.
Optimism colours the final column by Peter David, our Washington bureau chief, who died in a car accident last week. Our obituary remembers him.