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  • creativity
    Monday, 2 October 1995

    Geoffrey Langley quotes the old adage: "hard disks make bad data", and claims that the IS is just a load of old COBOLers. He sees its main use as boosting the sale of anoraks. Alternatively, he sees it as an effective topic if you want to stop any so...

  • bridge
    Monday, 2 October 1995

    South opened One Heart and, for partnerships playing five-card majors, North had an easy raise to Two, leading to game in hearts. At other tables, North preferred a response of One No-trump and should have had an easy decision over South's rebid of T...

  • After OJ, a black president?
    Monday, 2 October 1995

    A month or two ago, for whites at least, the connection scarcely arose. Simpson was black, yes, but the colour of his skin was irrelevant. He had made his way in a white world, had white friends, even a white wife. His trial, whites assured themselve...

  • To the future, at warp speed
    Monday, 2 October 1995

    From 'The Time Machine' by HG Wells Of all the classic subjects of science fiction, perhaps the most out of reach - and therefore the most stimulating for authors, readers and scientists alike - is time travel. The most prominent opponent of time tra...

  • Leading Article: Valencia's message to Brighton
    Monday, 2 October 1995

    But the weekend meeting of EU finance ministers in Valencia altered the political almanac. It revealed a dogged if perhaps unrealistic determination to create a single currency by 1999. Kenneth Clarke made it absolutely clear that Britain, unlike man...

  • chess: Garry Kasparov's winning tactics
    Monday, 2 October 1995

    Then the gloves came off. Kasparov, like any other cornered animal whose territory is threatened, snarled into action with a sudden increase in hostility in moves and actions. In game 10, he crushed Anand with a fine piece of opening preparation, a b...

  • Leading Article: Prolonging the imperial anguish
    Monday, 2 October 1995

    Pounds and ounces are out. Grams and kilos are in. Products must be labelled in metric. They can have imperial labels too, and they don't actually have to change the size of the product they package. So a pound of cheese is fine so long as the label ...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 2 October 1995

    1608: Dutch lens-maker Hans Lippershey demonstrates the first telescope. 1871: Mormon leader Brigham Young is arrested for bigamy. 1901: The first British submarine is launched in Barrow. 1950: First appearance of the Peanuts cartoon strip by Charles...

  • Today
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    . . . in 1207, Henry III of England (above) was born. He reigned for 56 years from 1216 and by general consent made a dreadful job of it. He had the excuse that when he succeeded his father, King John, he was only nine and the country was already in ...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    n NOW. AS DOGGED readers will know, the Captain is extremely keen on culture, art, literature, all that sort of thing. And I am glad to see that I am not alone. Increasingly, as I travel around this great country of ours, I notice that commerce is be...

  • No promises, but a Straw in the wind from Labour
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Mr Blair is more interesting than Wilson, though not as clever. But he is the cleverest of the present party leaders, for what that may be worth. He has certainly done interesting things to the Labour Party. Three apparently disparate happenings last...

  • Someone should tell Rifkind that Europe is not a pick-and-mix counter The Foreign Secretary is giving in to the pick-and-mix delusion
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    "Occasionally it may be appropriate to accept a loss of influence if that is the only way we can protect our interests" (Malcolm Rifkind, British Foreign Secretary). WHAT DOES Malcolm Rifkind mean by that? Since he laid down this principle in a speec...

  • Catch 8a
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    However, should not immigration officials satisfy themselves that anyone seeking entry into the UK is indeed an EU citizen? They may therefore be entitled to insist on seeing a valid passport or similar document. Not very useful, then after all, that...

  • Leading Article: You never see a pigeon buy a ticket
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    But subhuman triumphalism was all around us last week. On Wednesday, we had to endure endless heavily-humoured accounts of the return of the Downing Street cat, Humphrey, feared dead after an absence of three months, but discovered living happily hal...

  • One can't make a souffle without cracking heads
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Perhaps you caught the "documentary" on commercial television on Thursday last. If so, you will have been unable to avoid seeing the cameras smuggled into my Arnold Park Country House Hotel near Bath. At one point, I was pictured giving an under-chef...

  • Leading article: Cheap books at a high price price
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Yet the mood in much of the publishing and bookselling trade - and particularly among what may loosely be termed the literary intelligentsia - is one of gloom and apprehension. Why? Because these people are suspicious of the consequences of a free ma...

  • I've seen into the future and it's full of Tony Blurs
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Scaremongering tosh, of course. The advantages of cloning are obvious, far outweighing petty drawbacks such as predictability, lack of diversity, everyone looking and sounding the same. One of the few organisations forward- thinking enough to get int...

  • Quick-fix solutions for dentists won't stick
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Until - or more likely if ever at all - the same ministers who are expounding a welcome for dentists in the hillsides, recognise that it is the very system imposed on the profession in 1990 by Kenneth Clarke with the famous "...good for patients and ...

  • A blackmailer's taxation
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Does this mean that the loony right is now admitting the immorality of demanding from those of us who are long resident the pounds 60 levy that all Commonwealth emigres were forced to pay in 1988 to retain the right of abode? A nice little earner and...

  • Brightlingsea is not riddled with fishwives Animal export provides feud for thought
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Hoof may have access to the wharf, but it is those outside who have exposed overcrowding, overloading, ill and infirm animals and lorries not being weighed. They have also negotiated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and local Trad...

  • The myth of dirty monarchs
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Contrary to legend, Henry VIII saw to it that most of his palaces were equipped with an en suite bathroom for his use, complete with sunken baths and hot and cold taps. His daughter Elizabeth bathed regularly once a month - against the advice of her ...

  • Getting the hump on traffic
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    If as you report, council workers driving council vehicles are the main culprits, that is obvious grounds for serious disciplinary action by the council against the employees for damaging council property. Questions also need to be asked whether the ...

  • Spy stories
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    During my tenure as director of Scientific and Technical Intelligence in the Defense Intelligence Agency, the remote viewing phenomenon was in fact under evaluation. Because the field was infested with charlatans and zealots, I had strict controls pu...

  • Lib Dems and their peers
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Lib Dems have accepted peerages because, although we oppose the system, it would be an abdication of responsibility not to play our part in the political process as it exists. If Mr Watkins finds the existence of Lib Dem life peers so iniquitous, the...

  • A huge smoke-screen of humbug
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    The Gibraltar killings on 6 March 1988 were certainly an example of effective counter-terrorism in the strictly military sense. Danny McCann, Mairead Farrell and Sean Savage were terrorists - "volunteers on active service", as the IRA said after they...

  • Mix-and-match for shoppers
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Surely there is an opportunity here for everyone to benefit, by pooling the best resources of the national grocers and corner shop owners. Instead of driving them out by competition, the big players could offer franchises to convenience shop owners, ...

  • Falling out with the Net
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    It was the first time I'd been forced to face the fact that I'd now completely fallen off the Internet. In the early days of the information superhighway I'd have been in front of my Apple at half-past six in the morning, sitting up in eager anticipa...

  • Profile: Umberto Eco: The brain with a label
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Despite his failure to solve the shower problem, Eco is now probably the most famous intellectual in the world. With Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault dead, his beard and glasses and beady, mocking eyes have become the international symbol for profe...

  • BORING STORY
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    G Bon London NW6

  • Brief letters
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Warren French Swansea, Wales l BUNHILL goes to some trouble to estimate the cost of levelling the playing field (Business, 17 September). Surely this is all unnecessary. Fairness would be assured provided that the teams change ends at half- time. Pet...

  • Words
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    THE UGLY little dispute about the profits made by privatised public utilties is said to have caused Energy Minister Tim Eggar to become "incandescent", though the utility that got him overheated was electricity rather than gas. It is all a bit sordid...

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 1 October 1995

    Buckingham Palace spokesman on the former's decision to attend the latter's 70th birthday party Moral crusaders must expect to pay the price of martyrdom. Chris Howell, Institute of Trading Standards, on the consequences of defying the new metricatio...

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