Astrologers count their lucky stars

The latest astronomical findings will not alter our fascination with ho roscopes

Letter: How New Age travellers abuse the right of valid protest

Sir: In your leading article 'Voices of dissent denied a fair hearing' (10 October), you make a plea for less 'social conservatism' and more 'live and let live' in today's Britain - this is in the course of attacking the Criminal Justice Bill.

Girl, 12, missing

THE parents of a 12-year- old girl who ran off with New Age travellers offered a pounds 200 reward for information leading to her return. Kerry Martin, of Taunton, Somerset, was said to have been devastated by the recent death of a schoolfriend when she went missing a week ago.

Heavens above]: You need a clear head and serious mathematical ability to be an astrologer. Sarah Lewis finds that her life is written in the stars

Helen Labovitch is the first to agree that astrologers give astrology a bad name. Reading your stars in the popular dailies, she says, 'is superficial, to say the least. A person's sun sign - that is, whether you're a Scorpio, Capricorn or whatever, is only one part of a complex chart. No two charts are the same and each is as individual and unique as a thumbprint. Sun sign astrology is far too general.'

Letter: Astrology in the plot against Hitler

Sir: The date chosen by the German generals for the attempt on Hitler's life, 20 July 1944 ('Nazi heroes we should honour', 19 July) was said to have been based on an astrological prognostication by Kurt Josten (Obituary by Ian Lowe, 12 July, and remarks by James Buchan, 14 July). I lectured in the Old Ashmolean Museum for the History of Science, Oxford, from 1947 until 1953, with Josten succeeding Sherwood Taylor as curator in 1950.

Learning to make sacrifices: For mature students, the cost of extra education can be daunting. But help is available if you know how and where to look. Lee Rodwell is your guide

SHEILA GORE was earning around pounds 20,000 as a senior information officer in the Department for Education when she first became interested in homeopathy. After doing a pounds 400 correspondence course she decided she wanted to carry on studying. So in September 1992 her employers agreed she could take a one-year unpaid sabbatical.

Mexico quashes conspiracy theory

Mexico said it that found 'no conclusive judgments on the conduct and movement of those implicated' as accomplices in the killing in March of the governing party's presidential candidate, Luis Donaldo Colosio, Reuter reports from Mexico City.

Clubs: Star billing: Neptune and Venus are the forces behind the opening of a new London comedy venue. James Style meets its cosmic creators

At exactly 7pm on Thursday 10 March, when Venus is rising in the Eastern sky and the planets are in a propitious orbit, the doors will open on London's newest stand-up venue, the Cosmic Comedy Club and Astro Bar. Concert promoter Ollie Smith and star designer and horoscope nut Tony Weller have taken an old derelict Victorian pub on the Fulham Palace Road and transformed it into, something . . . well, cosmic, man. With its sloping brick columns and wrought iron furniture, it resembles the architect's house in Asterix and Cleopatra, angles slightly askew and lintels that don't quite meet. Whimsical, and perfect for comedy.

Stargazers fail to see dust-up: Planetary aspects for corporate horoscope are less than bright

PERHAPS they should have seen it in the stars. A group of astrologers running an astrological service on the Reuters news screens have fallen out with each other and the service has been scrapped.

Style: Saturday Night: My prose makes trees weep

It's my birthday. At least, it was two days ago, when I walked into a shop called Astrology and paid pounds 25 for a computer-generated astrological birth chart, plus a forecast for the year ahead. I need all the advice I can get these days. I still have not made my first million, and as I said, I am getting older by the minute.

New Age fills a business gap: Centre for self-employed offers personal growth along with success

THE Breakthrough Centre is a business centre with a difference - offering a holistic approach to self-employment.

Travellers lose

The High Court upheld decisions by local authorities that New Age travellers were not gypsies and were therefore not entitled to campsites.

Letter: Where Karyn's money will go

I FIND it extraordinary that my personal position as solicitor for Karyn Smith ('A conspiracy theory too far', 25 July) should have been attacked in selective quotations. I did say that: 'Before she was out, everything was for free. Now, everything is for money.' But I also made it clear that before the release the priority was to get Karyn home despite the poverty of the family. From then on we needed to try and sell the story so that the family's outgoings could be reimbursed. Motives are important.

Letter: Physical ability

DIAMONDS and graphite are both made of carbon, but their atoms are arranged differently and the two substances behave very differently. The water in homeopathic remedies may also behave differently as a result of having its constituent atoms arranged differently from ordinary water. The argument that high-dilution homeopathic remedies cannot be effective since few molecules of the original substance are left ('A natural health service', Review, 4 July) ignores this possibility.
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