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Saturday, 21 January 1995

  • PROFILE: Dzhokhar Dudayev: Lone wolf of Grozny
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Before the Russians shelled his presidential palace, his spotless office on the eighth floor revolved around a Chechen flag. It was attached to a metal stand, so small and tidy it looked like a sand-castle pennant, and stood on a polished wooden tabl...

  • Rebellious abstentions could add up to an early election
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    This kind of talk is great fun. Indeed, politicians commonly have only two topics of lively conversation. One is the date of the next general election. The other is who is to be the next leader of their party. The latter topic is being discussed with...

  • An `ism' for all eternity
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    This is not to deny either the sincerity or the seriousness of the demonstrators at Brightlingsea and Shoreham. How we should treat animals has been an unresolved problem since Darwin. The Old Testament showed clearly that God had put animals on eart...

  • Cherie Blair and the poll tax
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    The answer to both questions, in our view, is yes. Some political spouses manage to avoid the limelight: Denis Thatcher was one; Mrs Paddy Ashdown, Mrs John Smith, Lady Steel, and (to some extent) Mrs John Major are others. Mrs Blair was previously a...

  • Lessons from earthquakes: there isn't always someone to blame When the earth goes from under our feet, we'd rather feel guilty than helpless
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Yet Lisbon is in ruins, while in Paris they dance ..." THIS IS part of Voltaire's "Poem on the Lisbon Disaster". He wrote it after the earthquake of 1 November 1755, which destroyed most of the city and killed - by collapse, fire or tidal wave - some...

  • We suburbanites are quite used to being sneered at
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    I grew up in the suburbs, uneasily aware that if I was going to be an artist or famous actress or any of the other things I fancied turning into, I would soon have to get embarrassed about my background. The difficulty was that the suburbs were reall...

  • Debt, the old-fashioned way
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    "Well it pays my loan company £2 a week and then the £5 I use on a weekend for food ... normal food. Basically we wouldn't have meat at the weekends so it supplies meat and even a loaf of bread, a pint of milk." This is a desperate woman. Denise live...

  • AS OTHERS SEE IT: Sassenach retreat
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    The Hamburg daily, `Die Zeit', 20 January (but the 150,000 Edinburgh protesters were, in fact, Hogmanay revellers).

  • More prudent, less obsessed
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    But not any more. Mortgage lending figures out last Friday showing a drop in demand for home loans suggest that, despite unequivocal signs of recovery in other sectors of the economy, the housing market is locked in recession. Something fundamental s...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Harold's mac ... Tony's ties ... and toenails for th e Ni neties
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Er, hold on. Anyway, it's that tricky business about his son's place at the London Oratory school again (you know, the opt-out also attended by the offspring of Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey, the T&G man). Last week, rumours emanating not too ma...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: The Captain's catch-up Service
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    guilty to assaulting his wife, Denise, a psychic. The couple are now divorced. "I should have seen it coming," said Mr Thomas ... Dick Freeman, an old sailor, was cremated with a pint of his favourite beer in Wimbledon ... A farmer in Malaysia was ki...

  • words: Valet
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Why varlets got a bad name, while valets kept theirs unsullied, is one of those mysteries, but expressions such as "thou scurvy valet" just don't appear much in our literature. A valet was a trusty. Samuel and Sarah Adams, whose Complete Servant firs...

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold: Calf love, or why I was shunned at the Garrick
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    As motoring and food editor of the late, lamented Punch magazine throughout the 1970s, I was forever trumpeting the tender delights of veal (see my much-lauded culinary series "Veal I Never! The Lighter Side of Serving Calf", Punch issues 32,349 - 32...

    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    TODAY is the anniversary of the martyrdom in 628 of Saint Anastasius the Persian. He was a young soldier when the Persian army took the wood of the cross of Christ from Jerusalem and became so intrigued by the story of Christianity that he entered a ...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Pierre Rosenberg, Louvre director The window dressing from ministers about involving doctors in management is largely tinsel. Lions led by donkeys have a habit of eating the donkeys in the end and John Major would do well to remember this. Dr Jeremy ...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Harold's mac ... Tony's ties ... and toenails for th e Ni neties
    Sunday, 22 January 1995

    Lord Kagan's demise, though, did serve to point up the present sorry state of the British raincoat. Once, Chairman Mao, Presidents Khrushchev and Johnson, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh all joined Harold Wilson in wearing a Kagan Gannex, that cl...

  • LETTERS: No worse than any other agency
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    Indeed she did. And she was, for a time, my secretary. But my memory of Saatchi's is very different from hers. Yes, there was silly schoolboy humour and sexism and even some racism, but I am sure it was no worse than any other advertising agency of i...

  • LETTERS: Art, subsidy and the politics of envy
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    This pyramidic view of arts organisations has nothing to do with art. Connections between companies should spring from a genuine dialogue based on artistic compatibility. There can be no universal edict about their role. A Puccini opera, an Indian da...

  • BOOK REVIEW: A brief history of doing time
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    "If a man was not unstable before admission to F wing," Coyle writes, "he was likely soon to become so. Nothing in my 20 years in the prison service, not even the extremes of Peterhead, had prepared me for what I encountered. The walls were painted b...

  • LETTERS: Air travel and roads more efficient than rail? That's just pla in loco
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    It would be a shame if the great improvements brought to Inter-City travel by the High-Speed Trains, the electrification of the East and West Coast main lines, and investment in cross-country travel were ignored. The inauguration of Inter-City 125 tr...

  • A poke in the eye for local democracy
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    It is sad that he has chosen to be a Tory hero for a day. Naturally, we feel betrayed by someone whose personal defeat at the polls has made him turn his fire on those who are continuing to improve services to the local community - an endeavour to wh...

  • LETTERS: Men and women club together
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, ROBERT F. NEWELL Chairman Association of London Clubs London, SW1 18 January

  • LETTERS: A clear thinker consigned to obscurity
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    While in academic terms Macmurray's preoccupations were very distinct from those of his British contemporaries, they resonated strongly with the continental Personalist school arising from a different tradition. Macmurray's critique of the false path...

  • It all comes out in the wash
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    At least two years of concentrated effort and as much as £200m went into the campaign to develop the product's disastrous secret ingredient - the manganese accelerator - to bring it to market, and to promote it when it was launched. Tesco's decision ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Ideology is dead ... long live animals!
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    The answer to both questions must lie in people's quest for what has value and meaning in their lives. Filipinos are uplifted by their Roman Catholic faith and the papal messenger from their God. And the people of Brightlingsea? In animal welfare, th...

  • WILLIAM DONALDSON'S WEEK: Wanna score? Forget your friends
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    I have come up not just with a new entry for 101 Things Streetwise People Do, but with an idea for a whole new toilet book - to be called 101 False Economies and likely to be ready in time for Methuen's Christmas humour list. It's a false economy to ...

  • LETTERS: Air travel and roads more efficient than rail? That's just pla in loco
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    Mr McRae also argues that air travel will undercut rail for passenger transport between cities. This again ignores the fact that air travel is far more polluting than rail. Indeed, the projected increase in air travel is one of the most difficult env...

  • LETTERS: Air travel and roads more efficient than rail? That's just pla in loco
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    He compares railways in Britain with airlines in the United States, which is hardly relevant. British Rail's main competitor is the road system, which itself is subsidised from many sources, including taxpayers, local councils, the police and the hea...

  • LETTERS: Men and women club together
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    After nine years, the calm civilisation of the Reform still gives me a thrill. It is a pity that Ms Ward in her justified attack on less enlightened clubs has not sought the views of women members in a club that does treat women as equals. Yours fait...

  • LETTERS: Art, subsidy and the politics of envy
    Saturday, 21 January 1995

    The truth is different. The opera and ballet presented to the highest possible standard by our three companies - the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet - throughout the year are also real art; and are subject to just the same press...

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