Mustard gas far from phosphates: Letter

Sir: I read the two letters by Charles Secrett and Dr K Vala Ragnarsdottir (12 October) with astonished disbelief.

Letter: Great Day

Sir: Do you think the insatiable appetite for "Days" ("That was the week, that was", 8 October) would be satiated by a National "Mind Your Own Bleeding Business" Day?

Letter: Vision that drew me from atheism

Sir: If the possessor of one of "the brightest, most subtle and most perceptive minds of his generation" ("Twenty-five years of Ireland's Dr No", 20 September) believes in the Devil, the Anti-Christ and God's curses on unbelievers, there can be no hope for the people of Northern Ireland.

Letter : Stop sneering at Labour changes

Sir: Austin Mitchell may feel he is enjoying a harmless joke in the privacy of the columns of the New Statesman by sneering at the changes in the Labour Party ("Blair is a dictator, Labour MP says", 29 August). But those who desperately want rid of this squalid government won't be laughing.

Filthy hot snap has Britons wheezing

Air quality in England was at or near the health-warning point yesterday as Mediterranean temperatures combined with exhaust emissions and other pollutants.

Hot sun makes life a beach

The sunshine sent thousands coastwards yesterday causing jams on roads into many of Britain's favourite resorts.

Cab napping is better than road rage as heat wave rolls on

A van driver was spotted soaking up the sun on the roof of his cab in a lay-by near Newport, Essex, yesterday, when temperatures soared into the 90s giving many parts of England their hottest day so far this year.

Shopping supersite at at London's back door

One of the largest shopping and leisure complexes in Europe is to be built in Kent, and will create nearly 14,000 temporary and permanent jobs, the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Heseltine, announced yesterday.

Spamku gems send pigs flying

Remember Spamku? A couple of weeks ago we reported a new fad in Japan, for writing haiku on the theme of Spam.

Woman in coma allowed to die

A woman who has been in a persistent vegetative state for the past four years is to be allowed to die after a court ruled yesterday that doctors could stop artificially feeding her.

Letter: Class warfare

Sir: Could you please explain the current obsession to denigrate anything and anybody termed "middle-class"?

Letter: Towering eyesore

Sir: I would like to make a suggestion for a turn-of-the-century project, namely the demolition of that late Victorian eyesore and bottleneck, Tower Bridge. I suggest the project be put out to competition to the architects and engineers of Europe and Japan for a modern replacement more fitting to the forward-looking country that I hope we will belatedly become.

PICK OF THE DAY; SUNDAY/Motocross British championships Swanley

The national champions will make their presence felt in the first round of the British championship at the demanding Canada Heights circuit, Swanley, Kent, this Sunday. One impressive champion, however, will also be on this list. Stefan Everts, the world 250cc champion from Belgium, has been given a wild card to ride in the championship this year for the domestic works team, RWJ Silkolene Honda. He will add spice to the Open class. Joining him are the riders who finished first and second last season. Paul Cooper, the champion from Blaby, and the Maidstone rider, Mark Eastwood, who carries on the family tradition from his father, Vic, who competed in the Seventies, will give Everts no quarter. In the 125cc class, Joakim Karlsson, the British champion from Sweden who also rides for RWJ, leads out Rikki Priest, the runner-up from Kidderminster, and the Wrexham rider, Neil Prince, who was third last year. Following practice and presentation of the riders, the first 125cc championship race opens the meeting. A combined class final, involving the leading 20 riders from the two categories on the day, completes the racing.

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