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  • LETTERS : Two endings
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Geoffrey Bull Todwick, Sheffield

  • LETTERS : University by any other name
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    , 18 December). One point which was unfortunately reported incorrectly may have confused readers: that degrees may only be awarded by universities. Provision has been made for other institutions, after following a rigorous process, to be given the po...

  • LETTERS : Botham is a recent `great'
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Your columnist, however, could have listed other "greats" of a more recent vintage than Trueman, Laker or May. I'm thinking of Boycott, and especially Botham and Willis, who helped us to win the 1981 Ashes series. We might be going through a bad patc...

  • LETTERS : Oh what . . .
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Spike Milligan London W2

  • LETTERS : Canned music not on the menu
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    When I recently complained to the managing director of Dunkin Donuts about the level of noise in his Piccadilly coffee shop, he implied that I was being absurd: his customers demanded background music, his business had grown 30 per cent since the int...

  • LETTERS : Utopian folly
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    D I and C D Abbott Radcliffe

  • LETTERS : It's no wonder we feel bad
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    I J G Berry Enfield, Middlesex

  • LETTERS : What about Meccano girls?
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    My mother (b 1910), an intensely practical woman, still regrets never owning a Meccano set, such as her boy cousins were given for Christmas, and was determined that her daughters would not be similarly deprived. I proved to be more of a paintbox typ...

  • LETTERS : He's only just begun . . .
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    I must take exception though to his latest jibe. In his review of the year, he refers to me as a "failed composer". As I've barely begun, that judgement seems a little premature. To say I now spend my time exchanging "vilifying" letters with my forme...

  • LETTERS : Russian copy
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    However, Stakhanovism does not really have its roots in Stalinist Russia. Russia simply copied Western techniques such as Fordism and Taylorism. The origins of Stakhanovism are very close to home and lie with the redoutable Utilitarian Thomas Gradgri...

  • LETTERS : Lessons on the social divide
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    This same government insistently defends taxpayers' subsidies of independent schools, which serve a generally wealthy minority. As it must be in the public interest to develop a properly educated population, and as the large tax increases imposed upo...

  • LETTERS : Motherhood or donkey-work?
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    At 41 I gave birth. I also acquired a donkey to carry my four- year-old to her school in the next village. The locals approved - the next village is a 30-minute uphill walk and my daughter is much loved and cossetted. A year of nappy-changing and muc...

  • LETTERS : Highland sleepers a vital link
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Here in the country's second largest conurbation we now have no overnight through trains to Scotland, despite the fact that the Plymouth-Glasgow train passes through Birmingham each night! A few years ago, several night services came through Birmingh...

  • REAR WINDOW : STORMONT : A Unionist `proof of permanence' that outlived its usefulness
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    A massive rectangle of Portland stone 120 yards across, it sits high on the hillside at the end of an approach road worthy of Versailles. For 40 years it was the home of the Parliament of Northern Ireland, and its very name became the accepted shorth...

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Catherine McGuinness London N5

  • LETTERS : Highland sleepers a vital link
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    The West Highland economy has been as badly hit by recession as any in the UK, with income from tourism for many businesses, including my family's, already down over a fifth since 1990. Railways are of crucial importance to the Highland economy, as w...

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    No one is compelled to do anything at Ragdale, and certainly not starting at 7am as the article implied. The last two paragraphs were misleading. Lunch is a three-course affair, and dinner runs to four courses. Michael Hislop London N5

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Cynthia Reavell Martello Bookshop

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Neville D Vandyk London W14

  • Labour does have policies, it just won't talk about them
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    "No policy-making on the run" was the dictum, but it became unclear who had been deciding policy, David Blunkett or those who called him to order. It is still unclear what "party policy" is anyway. Is it what a party actually contemplates doing in go...

  • The wrongs of animal rights Geoffrey Wheatcroft on righteousness and moral confusion over livestock exports
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Some think they do. All week long protesters have been trying to prevent the export of live calves and sheep to the Continent (or "to Europe", as some papers revealingly put it) from Shoreham in West Sussex. The cargo got away, but only after 1,000 p...

  • Too lax and too harsh The Home Secretary's hardline penal policy has led directly to riots and escape s, says Nick Cohen
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    The tolerance of illegal brews could be turned to the authorities' advantage. Callaghan recalled how a set of keys went missing. An officer's voice crackled over the tannoy as soon as the loss was noticed. "Give back the keys, lads," he cried, "or no...

  • Now there's no time left for thinking about sex
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    There is Belgium, for whom the British had gone to war. And there in a corner of the lid is Montenegro. Plucky little Belgium! Plucky little Montenegro! How curious it is that nobody today says: Plucky little Chechnya! The whole world is tremendously...

  • words : Bitch
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Why is "bitch" always insulting? There is no respectable answer to this question. "Dog" is much more ambivalent; though often used in the past of infidels, traitors and other contemptibles, it can also be congratulatory. A lucky dog is an altogether ...

  • profile David Blunkett : In there to cause a stir Paul Routledge on the man who is seen as the bridge across Labour's internal di vide
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    But speaking out plainly is often the wrong thing to do in politics. In his native Yorkshire last week, the local newspaper bills shouted "Blunkett Future in Doubt". The Shadow Education Secretary had hinted that Labour might impose VAT on private sc...

  • Chechnya: whatever happened to our love of plucky little countries
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    There is Belgium, for whom the British had gone to war. And there in a corner of the lid is Montenegro. Plucky little Belgium! Plucky little Montenegro! How curious it is that nobody today says: Plucky little Chechnya! The whole world is tremendously...

  • as others see it : Book markers
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    The British may publish twice as many books as their French counterparts, but the output is very different. The shop window of Dillons, on Oxford Street, is eloquent in this respect: for every Cormac McCarthy novel and collection of Gore Vidal essays...

  • I hope you burn in hell, or the art of the fond farewell
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Saatchi's effort burns with righteous indignation (roughly translated, the first three paragraphs read: "I am the person who founded this agency, which means I have given you all jobs, and you have quite rightly been very pleased") while still commun...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : Daring Darren... much too gritty...and cracking up
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    It was a Yorkshire Man sort of performance, on News at Ten. There was Darren, blond and big and ruddy, not saying much, resolutely unimpressed by all t'fuss. Yorkshire Man is famously unimpressed by anything. It is his defining quality. He is proud o...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : Daring Darren . . . much too gritty . . . and crack ing up
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Anyway, we are both Arians and it will come as no surprise that we are noisy extrovert enthusiasts who entertain wild romantic fantasies. I have to warn you that, according to Julian Toper in the Sun, John and I will be feeling frisky on 31 March. In...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : THE LIST
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Severinus of Noricum who preached the gospel in Austria in the 5th century. He predicted that the vice-ridden inhabitants would be punished and shortly after the area was overrun by Huns. Impressed by this prescience t...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Photograph: AP

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Lord Charteris, the Queen's former private secretary It may seem illogical for nationalists to wish to exchange one central government in London for another in Brussels. But when has logic ever mattered to nationalists? Niall Ferguson, Jesus College,...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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: 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

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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...

  • 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: 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...

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