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Sunday, 8 January 1995

  • Letter: At troubled times like these we need God in our classrooms
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    Because we recognise that anarchy is the logical outcome of the contemporary fashion for moral relativism, we are not willing to acquiesce in the current fudge on the school worship provisions.The Evangelical Alliance's goal is not to force a reducti...

  • Leading Article: A service that is still ailing
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    The report obtained by this newspaper was commissioned by Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley last October. It was to discover how the Begum incident could possibly have taken place and to ensure that the right lessons were learnt. It is, in its own ...

  • Letter:Charities are getting poorer
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    The proportion of gross income spent on charity declined from 0.85 per cent in 1987/88 to 0.6 per cent in 1990-91. State generosity in tax policy to the wealthy, amounting in many cases to over £20,000 a year, has not promoted sufficient corporate or...

  • Letter: Women's figures in the workforce
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    It is clearly morally right that people should be employed fairly and without prejudice. Given that women are now entering the professions in equal numbers to men, what is surely important is to ensure that everyone has proper training and promotion ...

  • Down a tunnel and up among glories
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    Still, one can't legislate against phobias. My own phobia, which I never used to have, but which I now see coming along nicely, is for heights. Some months ago I tried, in the pouring rain, to inspect the roof of Milan Cathedral, but at the point whe...

  • Voucher system would be fair for all
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    The debate about VAT on private school fees is a sideshow. Even the talk of removal of charitable status does not get to the heart of the issue. It serves only to remind voters of the absence of any radical or imaginative policy. What follows is one ...

  • Letter:We roadies are a sober, sensible lot
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    Surprising as it may seem, very little scope is left for "bird chasing" when all your days off are spent on a bus travelling for miles on end, without even considering the subsequent reactions of our wives and children to this behaviour; and if we sl...

  • Schooled in hypocrisy
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    Assuming you choose the right school (yes, there are bad private schools) for your money you get grammar, Latin, smaller classes, better facilities, better teachers, more discipline, higher aspirations and, above all, a haven from crabbed little egal...

  • Letter: In good time for 2000
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    Perhaps here is the facility to achieve Mr Good's commendable objective (letter 5 January) that all clocks in public places be in good working order and operating by the year 2000. Many local authorities contribute already towards the cost of clocks ...

  • So, tell me the Sanskrit word for `limerick'
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    1. It is the place in London where new names for potatoes have to be submitted and approved of. 2. He is the Car Registration Officer who has to vet new vehicle registration letter combinations and make sure they do not form obscene or suggestive wor...

  • Sex and secrets on an operatic scale
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    In February 1839, Giuseppina Strepponi left her three-week-old daughter on the hospital's turnstile, with half a golden coin tied to a string round her neck. Two years later, a couple arrived to claim her, bearing the other half of the coin. Nothing ...

  • Letter: We roadies are a sober, sensible lot
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    It was a one-off opportunity for roadies to meet, relax and discuss issues about their work. Ms Macdonald's attempt to intellectualise the event were totally inappropriate, but with hindsight predictable. Sadly, the piece also failed to mention the c...

  • A map does not a nation make
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    On the other side is an alliance between unreconstructed Marxist academics, many of them Africans living in exile, and the politically correct here who want to believe that Africa would have been a paradise if it had not been for European interventio...

  • Imelda of the writing world
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    Thinking wistfully about what might have been made me think about myself and technology, and idly I did a mental inventory of the equipment that helps me to function as a writer. The tally made me feel quite faint. My arsenal consists of three word p...

  • Leading article: Waldegrave: a good man doing nothing
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    The evil in this instance is the continental practice where calves are raised in crates, never seeing the light of day, confined in their movements and fed a milk diet to keep their flesh white, a method banned in this country in 1990 by the Ministry...

  • Letter:Who's vulgar now?
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, NICK COOLING Consultant Psychiatrist Altrincham Priory Hospital Altrincham, Cheshire 6 January

  • Leading Article: At least we tried to achieve justice
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    The subjects of the inquiry had come here unquestioned after the war, amid a tide of innocent refugees displaced by advancing Soviet troops. They had allegedly kept quiet about their war records, taken British passports and lived the lives of model c...

  • Letter:Chechens make a fearsome enemy
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    The Bolsheviks assumed control in the Chechen territory at the end of 1917 and the Terek Soviet Republic was formed in March 1918. The White Army occupied the area in early 1919 and it was not until 1920 that Soviet rule was re-established. It was at...

  • Letter: At troubled times like these we need God in our classrooms
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    I suddenly became aware that there were no religious prayers said in the state schools, as there had always been when I was young. I started to write to newspapers saying that I thought that prayers should be brought back. Finally, I wrote an article...

  • Letter: At troubled times like these we need God in our classrooms
    Monday, 9 January 1995

    My staff and I were chiefly concerned to provide a good working environment for everyone. Toleration of the views of others was not to be enough. Understanding and respect were what we aimed for. Many hours of discussion followed as we tried to do th...

  • 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

    Neville D Vandyk London W14

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Catherine McGuinness London N5

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Cynthia Reavell Martello Bookshop

  • 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...

  • LETTERS : Two endings
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    Geoffrey Bull Todwick, Sheffield

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

    I J G Berry Enfield, Middlesex

  • 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...

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

    Spike Milligan London W2

  • LETTERS : Utopian folly
    Sunday, 8 January 1995

    D I and C D Abbott Radcliffe

  • 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 : 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 : 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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