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Friday, 6 January 1995

  • LETTERS: Journalists in the line of fire
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    We know, now, that Indonesian troops were involved. We know now that if any of the five had emerged alive, with one of the final films, Indonesia's full-scale invasion would have been cancelled. We know now that the British and Australian governments...

  • Keeping faith in the system
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    The syllabus on religious education, which since 1944 had been the only compulsory subject in British schools, was to be stiffened. But ministers were also concerned that daily worship had been allowed to slip out of school assemblies, as creeping se...

  • LETTERS: And all that jazz
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    Jazz FM was never licensed as a pure jazz station and, since its re-licensing, JFM is committed to play quotas of blues, soul, rhythm and blues as well as jazz. If those quotas are not met, and the Radio Authority readily acknowledges that they are, ...

  • LETTERS: Wrinklie wind-up
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    Up the wrinklies and crumblies, I say. But a strong young man on a job-share arrangement would be very welcome and I'm open to offers. Yours faithfully, SUSAN HINDS Windsor, Berkshire 6 January

  • WILLIAM DONALDSON'S WEEK: Telling porkies to a mountain man
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    What story? I'd filed the only one there was (which, you may remember, involved the New York City Ballet's production of The Sleeping Beauty at Mile High Stadium, Denver, where the Broncos normally play), and I'd made that up in any case. Well, I had...

  • LETTERS: It's all about participation, not winning
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    The overwhelming majority of adventure courses use competition in another sense: to encourage teams and individuals to compete against their previous best, which motivates them to self-improvement rather than to beat and humiliate others. A few provi...

  • A small war to redefine Russia
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    Yeltsin is not the first reformist leader in Russian history who has finished up isolated and battered, surrounded by a few trusted advisers who feed him the news he wants to hear. In the early 19th century, Alexander I, who began his reign with the ...

  • For a sign of the times, look no further than the Windsors
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    Unbelievable as it would have seemed even 10 years ago, all the Queen's grandchildren now come from broken homes: Princess Anne, divorced and remarried; Prince Charles, separated, acrimoniously; Prince Andrew, separated, more amicably but with no app...

  • LETTERS: Journalists in the line of fire
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    Since 1993, at least 13 employees of the Kurdish-owned newspapers Ozgur Gundem and (following its closure by the government) its successor, Ozgur lke, have been murdered or "disappeared" in circumstances strongly suggestive of security force involvem...

  • LETTERS: Welcome diversity
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    There are now more than 130 colleges of higher education in the UK, offering a greater variety of courses than ever before: the emphasis on vocational as well as more traditional academic teaching in new and old universities is indicative of a balanc...

  • LETTERS: Animals are not commodities
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    The contrast between the 1,000 police on hand each night at Shoreham to ensure that a handful of people can profit while animals suffer and the 200 police detailed to search for escaped and dangerous convicts on the Isle of Wight could not be greater...

  • LETTERS: No plans to quit the LSE
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    You imply in another report (" `Viking' who fills the order book", 5 January) that the reason for my recommending to the LSE's academic board in June 1993 that we should introduce top-up fees was because the LSE was not able to take advantage of the ...

  • Quote Unquote
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    Women I can't speak of. But the other thing is elegant mathematical proofs. A two-line method of proving Pythagoras's theorem is of great attraction to me - Peter Bottomley, MP It's very rare for a fat woman to be promoted, just as there are hardly a...

  • LETTERS: It's all about participation, not winning
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    Development of people involves learning from the processes involved and the skills used in carrying out tasks. Sensitive tutors help participants to identify and transfer all this to their normal work. The outdoors presents an abnormal context (which...

  • LETTERS: It's all about participation, not winning
    Saturday, 7 January 1995

    Ibbetson and Newall's research has an interesting, if self-evident, conclusion. Unsurprisingly, winners had very positive reactions to the training while the losers had negative feelings about it. Outward Bound corporate courses do not focus an inter...

  • LETTERS: `Smugness' of the Shoreham rabble-rousers
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    , such a "success" would be counter-productive because the trade would continue, supplied by other sources and the subject would cease to be an issue in this country. It would be far better to tackle the disease by trying to change the law in the cou...

  • Madame Worsthorne, Jimmy Carter and a dead Tory
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    January. Ex-President Jimmy Carter flies into Chechnya in search of the elusive Nobel peace prize. Fierce fighting continues in Chechnya. Michael Howard announces that as so many prisoners are escaping from British prisons, he is changing his policy ...

  • No churchyard grave should hold him
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    For would you want to live in the place where West was buried? Who can blame the villagers of the otherwise unremarkable Much Marcle for opposing his burial in their churchyard, next to his parents? Much of the hostility results from the well-founded...

  • Public schools from private purses
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    s intentions really are. Neither the schools nor their middle-class clientele will have been wholly reassured by Tony Blair's intervention ruling out VAT on school fees. The fact that Labour thought of it at all must have come as a shock to those who...

  • Ministers, agencies and excuses
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    But in many cases the principles behind the agencies - ministers remain responsible for policy, while the agencies are responsible for operational matters - are doing well. In what might be described as mechanistic, operational areas - passports, dri...

  • LETTERS: `Smugness' of the Shoreham rabble-rousers
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    While the RSPCA, through its branches, is involved in peaceful demonstrations in an attempt to stop the transport of live food animals, we condemn totally the use of violence. The RSPCA does not, in fact, believe that the troublemakers at Shoreham Po...

  • LETTERS: American holiday on British televison
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    Should more evidence be needed that our screens are dominated to an absurd extent by transatlantic culture and values, I further calculated that programmes from or about the whole of the rest of the world amounted to 3 per cent, 2 per cent, 0 per cen...

  • LETTERS: Quartz would help old clocks save face
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    Some years ago, I installed a weight-driven clock in the tower of our parish church. I had no difficulty finding the necessary weights, pulleys and other paraphernalia from local churches because they no longer needed them, their old clock mechanisms...

  • In the realm of the desensitised
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    His thesis is that urban habits are the outward expression (often distorted) of bodily desires and fears. Dominant ideas about the body, he argues, were articulated both on a monumental and an intimate scale. Roman cities clung to an "umbilicus", jus...

  • LETTERS: Governing London's villages
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    Opinion polls have again and again shown that Londoners want some form of London-wide government. Unfortunately, many proponents of such an authority implicitly see it as a magic solution to all the problems of big city life. The questions that will ...

  • LETTERS: Drink and driving below the limit
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    All of these persons have brought themselves to the notice of police officers who then test them. These citizens have not been detained unnecessarily; they will have been involved in accidents or reported or cautioned for driving offences. Many will ...

  • LETTERS: Exquisiteness of senile dementia
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    The term "pre-senile dementia" describes merely the clinical presentation of intellectual decline in those aged under 65 years. This condition has many causes, the most common being Alzheimer's disease, which can only be confirmed by post-mortem anal...

  • LETTERS: Meditating on a cure for the prisons
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    In particular, research on transcendental meditation, conducted in many prisons throughout the world and published in top scientific journals, has shown reductions in re-offending rates of 45 per cent among prisoners who learned this simple technique...

  • The lesson of Algeria: Islam is indivisible
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    Islam is a universalist, triumphalist and political religion. It claims de jure dominion over all humanity; that is God's will. The actual state of affairs, with unbelievers of various sorts dominating most of the world, is a suspension of God's will...

  • LETTERS: Quartz would help old clocks save face
    Friday, 6 January 1995

    no means lost. These fine architectural specimens may once again tell the exact time if radio-controlled clocks were installed. These quartz clocks incorporate radio receivers and have their time-keeping regulated by precise time signals broadcast by...

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