Letter: GM secrecy

Sir: Sir Richard Sykes, chairman of Glaxo Wellcome, has been heavily reported as saying that the present anti-GM food campaign will be detrimental to this country, and that in future the location of GM crop trials should be kept secret to protect them from environmental activists ("British science `in deep decline' ", 13 September).

Police alert as GM trial sites named

POLICE FORCES across England were put on alert last night after environmentalists vowed to sabotage four new sites for genetically modified crop trials unveiled by the Government.

Letter: It's a royal knock-out

CONGRATULATIONS TO Will Self for his brave profile of the Queen Mother. Not everyone has the nerve to call a much-respected 99-year-old "this antediluvian chunk of avoirdupois", and to suggest without a shred of evidence that she took advantage of the black market to supplement wartime rations.

`Impartial' GM trials chief in favour of modified crops

THE MAN responsible for overseeing the Government's trials of GM crops - chosen by ministers for his impartial scientific advice - believes it is in "society's long-term interest" to grow genetically engineered crops.

Letter: Best man for the job

Sir: After excessive coverage of the appointment of Greg Dyke as the new Director-General of the BBC we know now who Greg Dyke is. But who is Roland Rat?

The Agreeable World Of Wallace Arnold: Save the British bulldog from being cut off in its prime

We're on the move!!! Yes, it's been a tremendous week for those of us who have no wish to be ridden over roughshod by the bureaucrats of Brussels and their Westminster henchmen. But let us not rest on our laurels. Looking at these latest statistics from the EEC, it is clear to me that the battle is far from over.

The Investment Column: Macdonald Htls

MACDONALD HOTELS has led a yo-yo existence since coming to the market three years ago. Issued at 145p, the shares reached 241p a year ago, only to slump to a low of 130p at the end of the year. They have since enjoyed a recovery and closed up 7p yesterday at 229.5p on the back of encouraging full-year results.

Property: It's a seller's market but the price must be right

The property market is booming. But what to do if your agent isn't performing?

Letter: Real alcoholics

URSULA KENNY's article about alternatives to abstinence contains several inaccuracies ("Go on, just a small one", Real Life, 2 May). She makes no mention of the difference between a social drinker, a heavy drinker who may have problems, and somebody who is chronically dependent on alcohol. No one in AA ever diagnoses anyone else as alcoholic. Everyone draws their own conclusions and diagnoses themselves. And it is not true that AA discourages seeking other treatment.

Sports letter: Truly British

Sir: The magnificent Davis Cup tie that gripped the nation finally laid to rest a contentious point.

Sports Letters: Bad behaviour

Sir: Nothing to do with the eventual result, of course, but have you given any thought to the fact that the patriotic American public (and, perhaps, a patriotic American judge) at Madison Square Garden may not have taken too kindly to their national anthem being roundly booed by British fans while our anthem was greeted with respect.

The Libby's Orange Drink Affair

Beer, beans, custard, moisturiser - the Walkley family has had it all, free, in crates, by exploiting supermarket refund policies. And now Sainsbury's has banned them...

Sports Letters: Odds against

Sir: I thoroughly enjoyed Ken Jones' article on the British challenge for the world heavyweight title (27 February).

Letter: Baffled by the euro

Sir: I too have made inquiry on cheque payments in euros for my own business (letter, 25 February).
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