They're Playing His Song

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A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP: Blair and Geldof play a duet on Africa

Usually I dread the G-8. for a journalist, it's the ultimate BOGSAT: a Bunch of Guys Sitting Around a Table. The guys do happen to lead the world's richest countries, but any really interesting exchanges at their annual get-togethers tend to get saved for their memoirs. Instead, we are treated to a ritual photo of the leaders in funny shirts to dress up a turgid communiqué, disgorged at a press center far, far from the action. But this year's meeting, at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland at the start of July, feels different. Alongside the tired ritual, there's some real politics...

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