Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

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Orangemen blockaded streets after a parade following a church service at Drumcree continued to be denied passage along the route it wanted to follow back to Portadown through a Catholic area. A 250lb car-bomb, presumed to be the work of the Real IRA, exploded outside a police station at Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone, but no one was seriously hurt. Mr Peter Mandelson, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, agreed to allow the police in the Province to be known in future as the `Police Service of Northern Ireland (incorporating the Royal Irish Constabulary)'; it then emerged that the RUC part of the title would never in practice be used. Mr Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, and Miss Cherie Booth, his wife, accompanied to a police station their 16-year-old son Euan, who was formally reprimanded for being drunk and incapable in Leicester Square, where he was found two days earlier at 11 p.m. lying down after having vomited. Mr Paul Boateng, the minister responsible for prisons, said that the running of Brixton prison would be put up for bids from private companies. The BBC failed in an offer to turn the Millennium Dome into a theme park featuring characters from television. Headline inflation rose from 3.1 per cent to 3.3 per cent, its highest since July 1998; underlying inflation rose from 2 per cent to 2.2 per cent. The royal family attended a service in St Paul's to mark the Queen Mother's 100th birthday, which falls on 4 August. Prince William is to bear a coat of arms incorporating scallop shells, a device from the arms of his mother. Pete Sampras won the men's title at Wimbledon for a record seventh time; the American Venus Williams won the women's title after having beaten her sister Serena in the semi-final. Lord Runcie, the 102nd Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1991, died, aged 78. An Underground train with 100 people aboard rolled back half a mile into Chalk Farm station while the driver was apparently asleep. …

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