LETTER: BT's changing pattern of calls

Sir: Friends & Family is BT's free scheme which provides a 10 per cent discount on all calls to up to 10 telephone numbers selected by the customer (Letters, 2 September). These numbers are not changed without the customer's permission.

Letter: Atoning Tories

Tristan Garel-Jones ("Don't fight Labour on the constitution", 4 May) displays an arrogance typical of the Conservative Party when he says the party owes it to the country to make the Tories electable again. The only thing the party owes to the country is apologies for the devastation it has caused. The disadvantage of this is the possible rise of a fanatic who could lead the party to its destruction; then again that would probably be a good thing.

Letter: When Easter visitors drop in

Sir: I was puzzled as to why the local Sainsbury's store at Apsley Mills should want to open for 24 hours on Easter Thursday, which is 4 April. I found that they really meant Maundy Thursday, 27 March. This is one more example of how the secularisation of this country is destroying our family and cultural fabric.

Activists keep faith in Tory recovery

The closest Tory loyalists could come to defeatism yesterday was to talk in hushed tones about the possibility of a hung result in the May election; with no overall majority in the Commons for John Major.

COMEDY With James Rampton

Owen O'Neill's `Shouting from the Scaffold' is at the Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead (01442 242287) tonight and Warwick Arts Centre (01203 523734) on 24 April. Owen O'Neill is also appearing in the `Best of Irish Night' at the Comedy Store, London (0171-344 4444) on St Patrick's Day, 17 Mar

Letter: Don't forget the other 'cadets'

Letter: Don't forget the other 'cadets'

Behind the net curtains lived a sad and lonely woman whose cry for help was to abandon the child she loved

A portrait of a lonely, desperate mother who could no longer cope emerged yesterday as police continued their search for Julie Lane, who left her four-year-old child beneath a bush in a park in Bournemouth, Dorset, earlier this week.

Briefly : Wigan wobble in Paris

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LETTERS: Sport in question

Sir: What is this rubbish about exercise making children happy (report, 28 June)? My happiest moment at school was sussing out how to avoid games. I realised that it is almost impossible to force an adolescent to take part in games - what sanctions do you impose on someone who prefers to be kept in working?

Royals flush with lottery cash


Letter: Pure Tyndale

YOUR comparison of seven Bibles, fascinating though it is, misses a vital point ("And the Word took on new meanings", 21 January). Though you note that Tyndale was the first to translate Hebrew into English, you deny him his Old Testament translation from Hebrew. Thus your "In the beginning ..." verse came originally from Tyndale himself. Your empty box should have had this: "In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the deep, and the spirit of God moved upon the water."

Oldham keep Goodway

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Naming names leaves locals lost


Rail sale 'added to coast line chaos'

THOUSANDS of train passengers who suffered lengthy delays when a tractor crashed onto the West Coast main line would not have had to wait so long had it not been for rail privatisation, a former British Rail station manager has confirmed.

Where James Brown meets Jim Morrison

"THERE WILL be no support act for tonight's show," announced the poster tacked to the wall of the Hemel Hempstead Pavilion, "as Terence is performing for two and a half hours." Crumbs. Surely this is a warning to make even the hardiest Terence Trent D'Arby fan tremble. It might have been simpler if the poster had just said: "For every 'Wishing Well' or 'If You Let Me Stay' Terence will also play a polite, easily ignorable, MOR ditty."
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