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Sunday, 15 October 1995

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    1846: First successful use of anaesthetic, at Massachusetts General Hospital. 1902: The first Borstal opens in the village of Borstal, Kent. 1916: The first birth control clinic opens in the United States. 1923: In Switzerland, John Harwood patents t...

  • chess William Hartston
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    The idea of discouraging draws is not new. In some 19th-century tournaments, draws had to be replayed. In some events, a draw was scored as 1/4 of a point for each player, with the remaining 1/2-point at stake in the replay. In the 1960s, Fide tried ...

  • LETTER: New universities underfunded
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: The finding ("Teaching at new universities fails to make the grade", 12 October) that ratings for teaching excellence tend to coincide with research excellence ratings is unsurprising. The ethos of a university largely depends on the interrelati...

  • LETTER: Lilley's demolition of the asylum process
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: The conference season may produce many empty promises, but there is unlikely to be one more hollow than the Social Security Secretary's claim that the UK will continue "to help genuine refugees" ("Lilley to curb benefits for asylum-seekers", 12 ...

  • Diary
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    "The library's memory is long," records the Librarian, "but not so long as to have kept it in mind that a volume of Lord Albemarle's Memoirs of Rockingham and his Contemporaries, long since replaced, was still in orbit. Shortly after publication in 1...

  • bridge
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    South opened One No-trump (12-14 points) and, after a Stayman enquiry of Two Clubs by North, ended in Three No-trumps. West led the three of spades and declarer won East's jack with his ace. There were eight top winners and it was clear that, unless ...

  • creativity anyone for scratchings?
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Collect it in a teaspoon, advises Luela Palmer, and offer it to your garden gnome. If the gnome imbibes it, you will be lucky. Keith Burnett sprinkles it over floury baps "for a lustrous finish" or as a replacement for the misplaced contents of a fun...

  • The right climate for tax on fuel
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    If the IPCC's draft version leaked on to the Internet last month is anything to go by, this United Nations document will show that the scientific consensus is strengthening: pollution is very likely to alter climate over much of the earth's surface i...

  • LETTER: Wartime history of the SAS
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: As a wartime operational member of the organisation on which the SAS was founded - the Special Operations Executive - I read the report of Michael Portillo's speech to the Conservative conference with some amusement ("Portillo whips up nationali...

  • Who wants this impossible job?
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Yet the danger to Nato is not that it will be taken by storm or betrayed from within. It is that it will simply become irrelevant, like the picturesque ruined castles that dot the European landscape. The row over Mr Claes symbolises the lack of polit...

  • Kipling's best with added zest
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    On your very special day, We wish you all the best. And if you plan to go away, Don't forget your vest. No one, however, voted for that or anything much like it, and our taste for greeting card verse, limericks, bawdy rugby ballads and all the things...

  • LETTER: Lottery link
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: Lord Gowrie is right to urge the Prime Minister to keep his promise that National Lottery funding will not replace existing government spending (Another View, 11 October). Unfortunately, it is all too likely that this promise will not be kept. V...

  • LETTER: Analysis of the pulsar discovery
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: Allow me to correct an untrue statement about the pulsar discovery, ascribed to John Maddox, and quoted by Paul Vallely in his article (News Analysis; "The Nobel art of picking winners", 10 October) on the Nobel awards. He writes "... though Hew...

  • LETTER: Unremunerated
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: Nicola Jayne Enston (Letters, 12 October) should be aware that most NHS consultants do contribute much of their work on a pro bono basis, by working in excess of their contracted hours for no additional remuneration. Yours faithfully, R. Davies ...

  • LETTER: Need to speak and write English
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: Gillian Shephard's "new" initiative to record oral scores at GCSE English is actually nothing new at all ("Shephard to penalise 'grunting' youngsters", 12 October). Until 1993, GCSE English grades did record both a written and oral component. Th...

  • More nightmare than dream
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    But then the movement, with its severely suited masculine disciples selling its apocalyptically entitled newspaper, The Final Call, has an alluring theatricality. And Mr Farrakhan has generated an international media frenzy with his "Million Man Marc...

  • LETTER: Lilley's demolition of the asylum process
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: Peter Lilley went on at length in his Blackpool speech about the abuse of the benefits system by alleged bogus asylum seekers. As an immigration consultant, I have as clients a small number of asylum seekers. Most of them have been waiting a lon...

  • LETTER: New universities underfunded
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: Fran Abrams correctly states "in chemistry, computer science and history, only one department in the entire former polytechnic sector was found to be excellent". As head of that one department, I am well placed to comment on the assumption that ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Boxing: the final blow?
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    With concern visibly mounting with each new death or maiming, it is difficult to believe that boxing can survive unscathed. The outright banning of boxing would be hard to justify in the face of the enthusiasm of the boxers and their audiences, but t...

  • LETTER: CSA performance has improved
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    Sir: Although Polly Toynbee's article ("Why single mothers baffle Mr Lilley", 11 October) raises a number of interesting discussion points, I am disappointed to see that she is recycling the same misinformed comparisons about the amounts of money col...

  • A political vision on the road to Blackpool
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    But in the case of John Major's new vision for Britain as the "enterprise centre of Europe", it is the reverse deception which holds. It looks as though he has presented us with a statement of the bleeding obvious in asserting what it is he wants for...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Marching up to the White House
    Monday, 16 October 1995

    For one thing, the radical Nation of Islam movement, which he leads, is barely 50,000 strong, hardly a threat to American civilisation. Indisputably, Mr Farrakhan has a record of anti-Semitism, and certainly he sees the march as a means of increasing...

  • Letter: How abuse investigators separated fact from fantasy
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    The inference is that social workers who have undergone Ray Wyre's training (such as myself) are led into over-enthusiasm for obtaining convictions, and can somehow make children lay false claims. I do not believe that children who have not been sexu...

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    Alan Martin Huddersfield, West Yorkshire l IN DISCUSSING the possible beneficiaries of a Blair-appointed Shadow Cabinet ("Labour women in showdown", 8 October), you mention Clare Short, the "left-winger". Considering how much of a loyalist she is to ...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    Virginia Bottomley, Secretary of State for National Heritage, formerly Secretary of State for Health Was not this piece of hyperbole a cheap attempt to curry favour with his audience and a sad commentary on the depths to which a leading politician ca...

  • Letter: How abuse investigators separated fact from fantasy
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    Accuracy About Abuse London NW3

  • If we could keep our heads...
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    They are wrong, and there is an illustrious witness for the defence. Kipling was a great writer, though often a mysterious one. His reputation as the Bard of Empire is obviously true, but it misses the point. So is his reputation as a vulgarian. He h...

  • Leading Article: Proud to be stupid?
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    Where will the money come from? Health? Though Stephen Dorrell, the Secretary of State for Health, promised a 5 per cent cash cut in spending on administration, he stated specifically that the pounds 140m released would be for improved patient care. ...

  • Are they still fit to govern? Exhausted and incapable
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    The wife of a very senior 1980s cabinet minister once said of the constant decision-making under pressure, "Oh, they love it", and Peter Shore explained why. Being a cabinet minister, he said, is "endlessly stimulating ... there is a kind of flow of ...

  • How Master Howard cracked the whip at school
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    Michael and I go back yonks. We were both educated at Basters Academy for Boys ("Baste up the Basters, Baste Up, Baste Up and Baste the Ball!"), and we are both proud to call ourselves old Basterds. Stranger still, I once taught him. Shortly after le...

  • A party of old people heads for defeat, eating pudding
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    It is this which accounts for their jovial manner. Soon they will be released from the tyranny of the private office and the red box. They will miss their official cars, of course. But most of them feel that some benefactor will speedily remedy this ...

  • words: Patriotism
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    You choose your word according to your view of the man. Patriotism good, nationalism bad. I forget who wisely said that patriotism was a lively sense of collective responsibility, whereas nationalism was "a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill". Pa...

  • We can have enough sex but never enough sexual gossip only advice men
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    The fuss about the sexiness of women's magazines has this conventional shape. First came a babble of indistinct comment about what these magazines were putting on their covers - invitations to the ultimate thrill, recipes for the ultimate spasm, with...

  • Generalissimo in search of a spot of bother
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    Still racking your brains? Here's a final soundbite this time with a bit of petulance creeping in to suggest that the heart-searching is a little more ... tactical, shall we say, than it might at first have sounded? "I am only a junior member of the ...

  • The seer and the sisters
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    From here on, it gets more complicated. Admirers view Wolf as the current standard-bearer of feminism, the fresh iconoclastic voice who breathed life into a moribund movement. Carmen Callil, who published The Beauty Myth, remains an enthusiastic supp...

  • Xavier's list ... peerless pin-ups ... Jagger nominates Queen
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    n SOME WEEKS ago, I brought you news that the hunt was on to replace Stella Rimington as head of MI5. And now, as we columnists like to say, reports of an intriguing new contender reach me. For Ms Rimington has been spotted lunching with Alan Rusbrid...

  • Letter: She's their Queen as well
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    He states that Her Majesty is Queen of Australia "because of British laws and no other". The truth is that Queen Elizabeth is Queen of Australia by an Act of the Australian parliament. Donald Foreman The Monarchist League London WC1N

  • Letter: Bulmer's cider is green
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    Aitkenhead quotes from an "organic" cider producer, Ivor Dunkerton, who claims that "The big cider producers like Bulmers are buying up farms, ripping out the hedgerows, putting in row upon row of apple trees, spraying the lot with chemicals and kill...

  • Letter: Barristers who work for free
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    For my part, as a junior barrister (ie not a QC) but with some years' experience, I calculate that so far this year I have spent seven days working for nothing, and I am not alone. This practice has increased since the latest restrictions imposed on ...

  • Letter: A two-tier Labour Party?
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    Socialists in the Labour Party do not want to remain in opposition. But once elected to government, we want to stay there - and we are increasingly worried that the current policies will not keep us in office. Kevin Flack London SE13

  • Letter: Bosman will hurt football Defending football's union
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    Dunphy is critical of my statement that as a result of the judgment the game will never be the same again. Yet clearly this is going to be the case. The consequences are a contraction in the number of clubs and job opportunities. Without protection f...

  • Letter: Vaccines still need testing
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    That same week, the Department of Health announced 90 per cent coverage for its measles vaccination campaign. Perhaps Dr Fisken would care to explain how scientists can conduct future long-term studies if we eradicate unvaccinated control groups. Imm...

  • Letter: How abuse investigators separated fact from fantasy
    Sunday, 15 October 1995

    However, my sympathy took a dent when I read that the Nottingham child abuse investigation "broke down amid re- criminations between the police and social workers". I was the police officer in charge of that case and would like to make it clear that ...

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