Arts and Entertainment Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon (RCA)

While Laura Mvula deserves credit for blending her Caribbean heritage with her classical training, Sing to the Moon is far from the masterpiece some claim.

Change in British time 'would save lives'

CHANGING the clocks to match the time in Europe would save 140 deaths and 520 serious injuries on the roads each year, according to a new study.

So you want to run a railway?: Brian Wilson explains why bidders are not queuing up to run the 'easiest' BR route

WHAT COULD be simpler than operating the Gatwick Express? Seven trains run 27 miles between two points, with a captive market. There are few less complex parts of the British Rail network - and it makes a profit. So it is not difficult to understand why ministers have decided that the Gatwick Express should become the first franchise to be offered to the private sector, as early as next year. From the safety of a Department of Transport desk, it must seem scarcely more complicated than an old Hornby Dublo.

Cutbacks in BR timetable hit London commuters

BRITISH RAIL'S new timetable comes into force today showing reductions in several services but not yet reflecting the 25 per cent cut in subsidy from the Government, writes Christian Wolmar.

BR to hand over ownership of trains: Leasing companies will be sold off later

BRITISH RAIL is to be forced to hand over its 11,000 passenger locomotives and carriages to a series of leasing companies when the privatisation process starts on 1 April next year, writes Christian Wolmar.

Fury over rail cuts disclosure

SIR BOB Reid, chairman of British Rail, was at the centre of another row last night after clashing with ministers over his admission to Labour that rail services will be reduced in May, writes Stephen Castle.

Letter: Flags of convenience

BRIAN WILSON'S case against the unrestricted use of flags of convenience ('Flagging the way to disaster', 10 January) could have been made even stronger if he had pointed out that Liberia has had no effective government for more than two years and that its present interim regime is again under attack from Charles Taylor's NPFL rebels. Are any safety standards at all being applied in Liberia?

Cost cuts that flag disaster: The Shetlands oil spill shows the need for a strong merchant fleet, argues Brian Wilson

THE MORE that becomes known about the ill-fated Braer, the more it acquires classic flag-of-convenience symptoms. The Liberian-registered, American-owned tanker had been through a couple of name changes and a plethora of managements while carrying a discontented, low-paid international crew.

Signals still confused on future of British Rail

CONFUSED government signals on British Rail persisted last night after John MacGregor, Secretary of State for Transport, spoke of 'plans for commercialising' passenger services in a speech that had been trailed as 'full speed ahead for privatisation'.

Critics scent retreat over BR sell-off

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Letter: Backing Bart's

As satisfied customers of St Bartholomew's ante-natal 'triple test' for Down's Syndrome, we feel that Brian Wilson's attack ('Our humanity put to the test', 6 September) misses the point. We agree that it is repugnant to compare the financial costs of screening with those of caring for a Down's Syndrome child, but if Mr Wilson accepts, as he says he does, the right of parents to make an informed choice about whether to proceed with a Down's Syndrome pregnancy, the Bart's test should be welcomed.

Our humanity put to the test: Brian Wilson questions medical wisdom on pre-natal screening for all birth defects

'THE RESEARCHERS have costed their screening method and estimate that it costs pounds 38,000 to avoid one Down's baby. The lifetime costs of caring for one Down's child have been estimated at pounds 120,000.' So, I thought, ethnic cleansing is not the only dubious moral concept staging a comeback in the last decade of the 20th century.
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