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Monday, 9 January 1995

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Sex, drugs and sagging waistlines
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    This is strange, is it not? Rock and pop are about sex and excitement or they are about nothing. For the young, the Mick Jaggers and Rod Stewarts are slightly repellent, scrawny grandpas, inappropriately and pathetically poured into tight leather tro...

  • Hmm ... nice little stately home you got here, Earl
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    "We didn't get where we are today by pussyfooting around," says the genial, no-nonsense, cigar-chomping head of the National Trust publicity machine, Jim "History Man" Cavalciani. "We got where we are today by moving fast. That's how we operate. We h...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Labour banking on prejudice
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    But we should not allow a personal desire for revenge to cloud reality. Nor should we let Mr Brown gain politically from shallow arguments based on the manipulation of statistics. He is crying wolf by attacking banking profits. It is true that they a...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Reaction at war with progress
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Mr Yeltsin, an unpredictable and inconsistent leader, staked a claim in the late 1980s and early 1990s to go down in Russian history as a man of progress. Earlier than most career Communists in Mikhail Gorbachev's Soviet Union, he grasped that the sy...

  • LETTER: Bus drivers set the record straight
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, ANGIE CHAPMAN Whitham, Essex 6 January

  • LETTER: `Bang up' custody is no holiday camp
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, R. A. MASON Oxford 5 January

  • Who'll take the hard road?
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    And, surprise, surprise, the same claque of English nationalist commentators and editors who have pilloried him over Europe, find him Reassuringly Right about this. This being an English occasion, we will not see the Prime Minister embracing Lord Ree...

  • Islam isn't all black and white
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours truly, S. MIRZA Milan, Italy 8 January

  • LETTER: West deserves burial
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    The first derives from the English legal principle that a man is innocent until proven guilty. The second concerns the essence of the Christian gospel which is forgiveness. Yours faithfully, ANDREW H. McLUSKEY The Forum Churches Egham, Surrey 6 Janua...

  • And the next lesson is ...
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    But one thing accepted by everyone - except a few nonconformists and freethinkers and socialists - was that all schools should have religious worship and religious instruction, and it was assumed that this should be Christian. Adults could no longer ...

  • LETTER: Islam isn't all black and white
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    He seems to believe that the Prophet Muhammad taught that the attitude of his followers towards unbelievers should be to "kill them or beat them into submission". This assertion contradicts the Koran, which states: "There is no compulsion in religion...

  • LETTER: Herd instinct is to blame the `greedy' farmer
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    If we do not want calves to be exported in what are unpleasant and often cruel conditions, we could consider these options: putting down a proportion of male calves at birth; drinking less milk (and eat less cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais, etc); eati...

  • LETTER: Self-selecting equal opportunity
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    It was also interesting to see that Lady Howe refers to herself as chairman, while heading an organisation dedicated to the promotion of women. Would a male chair refer to himself as a chairwoman? If we really want "a level playing field", how about ...

  • LETTER: Clocked by auntie
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, B. J. GIBBENS London, SW19 31 December

  • LETTER: Late-night TV is no indicator of quality
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Even if you accept that the presence of large numbers of American programmes is something to be decried (one of the highlights for me of the broadcasting this Christmas was the American Civil War documentary series), the statistics Mr Walker has comp...

  • BOOK REVIEW/ Chroniclers of an experiment in democracy: EARLY TRAVELLER S IN NORTH AMERICA, Charles Miller - Alan Sutton, £16.99
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    At that time most English voyagers to the New World had never visited a place so inconceivably vast and different from their own. The usual intention was to stay for several months, really get under the skin and understand why and how former English ...

  • Cheap food - at a huge price
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    On price, the food retailers know more about us than we know ourselves. It has probably never occurred to you, for example, that you know the prices of about 20 goods. A pound of sugar, pint of milk, loaf of bread, even - Christmas being just over - ...

  • LETTER: Defining vulgar
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Yours sincerely, G. F. STEELE Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Knowing when to use the cattle prod
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    But the pressure on Mr Waldegrave over the export of calves from his family farm to the European version of the veal market that his department banned in Britain - combined with the continuing discomfort of the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, over ja...

  • A prisoner of the day room
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    For a year she was in and out of court - her regular rendezvous with the nuclear power plant's staff and the police. She was fined, refused to pay, appealed. She, not Sellafield, was preserving public peace and safety, she said. She seemed destined f...

  • LETTER: Bus drivers set the record straight
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Sixty per cent of staff eligible to vote voted to support strike action. Staff were warned in advance, in writing, that if they took part in strike action on 18 November they would be dismissed. Their response, following an impromptu branch meeting o...

  • LETTER: `Bang up' custody is no holiday camp
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Here at Pentonville, the average day consists of being "banged up" for 21-22 hours, even longer on Sundays and bank holidays. These "bang ups" include an evening-to-morning span of 15-17 hours. There is a a morning "exercise" period of 45 to 50 minut...

  • LETTER: Herd instinct is to blame the `greedy' farmer
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    The easiest way out of the minister's present predicament would be for the Government to encourage British farmers to use some of their "set-aside" land to rear their own calves by the humane group-housed, straw-based system. Once the practicability ...

  • LETTER: Islam isn't all black and white
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Dr O'Brien is typical of Cold War intellectuals who, nourished for too long on binary oppositions, now crave the restoration of a world of absolute categories lined up in convenient pairs. Anyone who suggests that all human beings are alike in some w...

  • LETTER: Herd instinct is to blame the `greedy' farmer
    Tuesday, 10 January 1995

    Now that the Milk Marketing Board has been abolished, and users of milk make individual contracts with producers, the chief executives of companies such as Northern Food, Sainsbury's, Tesco and the like could promise their customers not to buy milk f...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: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...

  • 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: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: 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 ...

  • 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...

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