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Wednesday, 11 October 1995

  • LETTER:Identifying the fascist mentality
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (Essay, 9 October) is right. Fascism is too complex a monster to be amenable to hair-splitting definition. Why? Partly because historians habitually identify fascism with extreme right- wing ideologies. Looked at from a ...

  • numbers
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    If you square 12, you arrive at the answer 144 which, strangely enough, is the reverse of what you get - 441 - if you square 12 reversed, 21. Twelve is the number of Apostles, Zodiac signs, Days of Christmas, Labours of Hercules, inches in a foot, mo...

  • OBITUARY:Michael Thomas
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    It also seemed to embody a certain Englishness, the antithesis to the intellectual standards of his native Berlin, with which he fell in love. But the words were not a bad description of him, for much of his life. He was never an exclusive native of ...

  • OBITUARY: Catherine Cobb
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    As the daughter of the bookbinder Douglas Cockerell and his wife Florence Arundel (who died when she was a child), she was born into an Arts and Crafts household. There was a photograph of William Morris in the hall of the Cockerells' house in Letchw...

  • LETTER:Verdicts on the legal profession
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: It is admirable that certain eminent barristers are prepared to undertake work for no fee in response to Tony Blair's plea for lawyers to improve citizens' access to justice. Unfortunately, legal aid is scarce and it is likely to become somethin...

  • LETTER:Prostitution facts
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Angela Lambert ("Keep out. This is a private view", 26 September) reports mistakenly that I believe that "one man in 10 visits a prostitute". There is no reliable data in Britain to produce this kind of generalisation. When asked by Ms Lambert a...

  • Proof of the big bank theory
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Newspapers tend, reasonably enough, to write about these large takeovers in one of three ways. There is a financial story: the billions going to one or other set of shareholders. There is a human story: the hundreds, perhaps thousands of jobs that mi...

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: I find the description of John Major by Andrew Marr and other commentators as a "decent man" incomprehensible. He is answerable for, inter alia, the vicious jobseeker's allowance, the cut in income support help for mortgage payers and the conseq...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Let the children sing and squawk
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    It will be incredibly difficult to award a grade for spoken English in a GCSE while still accommodating regional accents and variations in spoken grammar. And even if the examiners are experts in a particular local dialect, how will they cope with th...

  • another view:Poetry's enter-prize culture
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Today is National Poetry Day, and tonight the winners of one of the biggest set of money awards, the Forward Poetry Prizes, will be announced. Meanwhile,carefully nurtured poetry lists are axed overnight: profit-fixated marketing rules. Most competit...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:A league table too far
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    In-vitro fertilisation is generally the last resort for desperate couples who have tried every other means to have a child. Few would-be parents are medical experts and they are almost bound to be baffled by the battery of medical explanations and tr...

  • LETTER:Battle of Brussels
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Just over 51 years and a month ago, British soldiers were fighting for Brussels. I believe they were proud to be doing so. Yours sincerely, Roger Moores Colchester 11 October

  • Singing that old tax-cutting tune
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Nods and winks from people round him suggest that the Prime Minister intends to say something substantial on tax and spending in his speech. But the public spending negotiations, with all the semi-public posturing and propaganda they involve every ye...

  • Are you goin' to read my poem?
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    So why not put your prose away And spend a little bit of time Trying to communicate in rhyme! For instance, at the breakfast table, Avoid, as far as you are able, Your unthinking repertoire of prose Like, "No more coffee, I suppose?" "What's the fore...

  • OBITUARY:Peggy Carter
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Born into a comfortable, middle-class family (her father was an eminent printer), Peggy Carter was the only girl among a family of five children. Thus, with loving brothers and a settled way of life, she might well have remained at home until marriag...

  • LETTER:Good opportunities for black Britons
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: What point exactly are you making in your leading article? Are you saying that blacks are not in senior positions in the Army, politics or industry because of conscious and unconscious discrimination on the part of employers? If so, you are mist...

  • The lift's not going to the top floor
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    There are also other kinds of surfing which don't demand a blond coiffe and a board. Many of these, however, risk wipe-outs slightly more painful than a debit on one's CompuServe account. In Japan, for example, young men ride on top of bullet trains,...

  • Action for damp problem is statute barred
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Although consulting a solicitor was not enough to fix a plaintiff with acquiring the relevant knowledge for bringing an action for damages, on the facts the plaintiff had the requisite knowledge before he consulted solicitors and acquired the knowled...

  • OBITUARY: Professor Michael Balfour
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Michael's father Sir Graham Balfour lived at Vailima and became a close friend of Stevenson in the last years of his life; he wrote the authorised biography of his famous cousin in 1901. In 1960, drawing on a mass of unpublished material, Michael pub...

  • LETTER:Identifying the fascist mentality
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto asserts in his commendable article on fascism that "exponents of the selfish gene seem to vindicate Hitler's divine commandment, thou shalt preserve the species", as an example of how "modern science has confronted us wi...

  • OBITUARY:Christopher Keene
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    At New York City Opera, first as music director then, after the retirement of Beverley Sills, as general director, he made an indelible mark on the city's musical life, but his influence extended far beyond New York City, to the Spoleto Festival, bot...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Airline pilots, with the news that children have stopped flying kites along the approach to Colombo airport in Sri Lanka. Airlanka flight crews had complained about kites and strings obstructing the approach, but they stopped after police explained t...

  • LETTER:Verdicts on the legal profession
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: In your letters section "Balancing solicitors' needs and clients' rights" (9 October) Martin Mears, the new Law Society president, is berated for his angry response to the Which? report about poor legal advice. For all his obvious faults, Mr Mea...

  • chess
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Anand can hardly be blamed for not fighting in the last game. His hopes of winning the title had gone and his prospects of even tying the match to share the prize-money were so slim as to be negligible. Yet the final draw was, for many spectators and...

  • LETTER:Good opportunities for black Britons
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: The admiration you rightly feel for General Colin Powell appears stronger than your grasp of social and racial realities ("Far from the promised land", 10 October). It is a myth that social mobility is sluggish in this country and buoyant in the...

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr asserts ("Must Major drown in dirty blue water?", 10 October) that "it is hard to argue that Major is a harsh, punitive, indecent or immoral politician as compared with Margaret Thatcher, whom Howarth happily supported". However, Mar...

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Can the Government not understand that many of us share Alan Howarth's unhappiness with present policies? We do not want the tax cuts but, rather, wish to see taxes used well to strengthen the health service, education, investment in business, a...

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: So, Alan Howarth, MP, until recently a member of the far right No Turning Back group, has joined the Labour Party, saying his views have not changed. Does this not show that a "new" Labour government would just be an old Tory one? Yours faithful...

  • LETTER:Howarth's accurate assessment
    Thursday, 12 October 1995

    Sir: Waking up to the early morning news on my radio alarm, I could have sworn I heard that Michael Howard had defected to the Labour Party. If only. Yours sincerely, Antony Boase Woodditton, Cambridgeshire 8 October

  • LETTER : Man, party or democracy?
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: Brian Mawhinney comments ("Tory schisms laid bare by shock decision," 9 October) that Alan Howarth's failure to stand down "deprives the people of Stratford of their representative that they voted for". By the same logic, those Tory MPs who were...

  • LETTER : Crime and punishment: Islamic law versus Western values
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: The ambassador for Saudi Arabia, Dr Ghazi Algosaibi (Another View: "We will continue to execute," 10 October) offers a proper and well-argued affirmation of the character of Saudi Arabian society. Not everyone, even in the West, supposes "13 jud...

  • LETTER : Crime and punishment: Islamic law versus Western values
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: The editorial in today's issue, "The Gulf widens over executions" (9 October), and your reporting of the controversy surrounding Filipino maids ("The maid on death row," 9 October) will do little to change the situation in the Gulf to which they...

  • LETTER : Flood of letters
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: John Walsh reports in his diary today (5 October) how he was humiliated by Umberto Eco for not knowing who Robert Flood was. He needn't worry. Since the Rosicrucian R.F. (1574-1637) wrote under the names Flud, Fludd, de Fluctibus, Rudolf Otreb, ...

  • Why single mothers baffle Mr Lilley
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    After all, the Government has been through many a bruising episode on this issue since the 1992 conference, when no fewer than seven cabinet ministers stood up in a concerted tirade against this soft target. Now, perhaps, they are older, wiser and so...

  • Kiss goodbye to gay politics
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    As "an argument about homosexuality" Virtually Normal is sane; as an argument about politics it is radical. Sullivan is a political thinker and yet every sentence is imbued with a sense of the limitations of politics. Indeed, the book might be read a...

  • LETTER : Crime and punishment: Islamic law versus Western values
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: The Saudi ambassador's defence is wrong to claim that sharia "represents the sacred word of the Koran". This is only one element in sharia, alongside the later traditions, the consensus of even later scholars, and the continuing process of reaso...

  • LETTER : Dandy trick
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: I read that Charles I wore the first waistcoat on 15 October, 1666 ("This is the week that was," 9 October). I hope he was not trying to model headwear too, as he was beheaded some 17 years before. Yours faithfully, John Shepherd Deanscales, Cum...

  • LETTER : Man, party or democracy?
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: I note that John Redwood failed to mention Alan Howarth's assertion that "hostile and discriminatory attitudes to foreigners and minorities exist in a wholly unacceptable way in the party". Yours sincerely, N. Barn Wolverhampton 9 October

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Pocahontas and the chain-smoker
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    In fact the most historically accurate aspect of the Disney character is probably Pocahontas's friendship with a talking raccoon. She never got off with the settler John Smith (who, far from being a blond surfing hunk, looked a bit like Ronnie Corbet...

  • LETTER : Doorstep lore
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: Has Professor R. A. Burchell (letter, 7 October) never heard of the friendly neighbour who makes sure during one's absence that mail or other articles left on the doorstep and mail visible on the mat through a glass door are removed out of sight...

  • Mozart: the sex, the house party
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    The speaker is Eric Bosforth, Commissioner-General of the BBC. But what does a Commissioner-General do? And what is Mozart's Pupils all about? "First things first," says Eric, with the smile of a man who has just seen a harmless long hop coming down ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Art for all our sakes
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Mrs Bottomley is right to take issue with the Treasury to ensure that lottery money is not used as a substitute for current government responsibilities. Government should be engaged in the arts (even at arm's length) and be committed to the notion of...

  • LETTER : Fighting the same foe: infertility
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    and others Sir: While agreeing with some of Professor Robert Winston's views in the comment section, ("NHS patients deserve the best," 6 October), may we take issue with the example he chose to use. Had Professor Winston's aim been to illustrate, rat...

  • LETTER : How the other half lunches
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: Helen Wilkinson's thoughtful and compassionate article ("Has love been lost to labour?" 6 October) on women's priorities in work and personal life, suffers from one major flaw. It seems to deal exclusively with middle- class and professional wom...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Michael Portillo's shabby patriotism
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Yesterday, across Blackpool, the shrill hysteria of the Euro-sceptics had gone. Their passion has ebbed - not because they are reconciled to elements of the European project, but because they no longer regard it as an immediate threat. As Norman Lamo...

  • LETTER : Crime and punishment: Islamic law versus Western values
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: Your focus on the appalling violation of human rights under the Saudi judicial system, with its mockery of accepted legal norms, offers another shameful reminder of just how far Western governments can sacrifice moral scruples for economic greed...

  • LETTER : Man, party or democracy?
    Wednesday, 11 October 1995

    Sir: In evaluating the recent move of Alan Howarth, MP for Stratford- upon-Avon, from the Conservative Party to the Labour Party, there is a question of loyalty to consider. Has Mr Howarth done the right thing, choosing loyalty to his social conscien...

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