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Monday, 16 October 1995

  • Diary
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    I don't want to spoil the party, but throughout the hype an interview from long ago with the late John Lennon has been buzzing round my mind. It took place in 1971 with Rolling Stone magazine. In it, John was asked about those unreleased tracks and o...

  • Letter: Boxing: the camaraderie and the tragedy
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir: If the death of the young boxer James Murray on Sunday morning helps to bring this nation to its senses, and makes us realise that boxing is merely a legalised form of manslaughter and not a sport, then maybe his death was not in vain. It is abo...

  • Letter: Foreign aid for the British army
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir: The day after Michael Portillo's jingoistic eulogy of the British armed forces, his own department announces that they may have to plug the gaps in the infantry and the parachutists with Nepalese mercenaries. Why not let them take over the SAS? ...

  • Letter: No place of refuge
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir: We are glad to hear that the Government wants to help genuine refugees (report, 12 October). However, the announcement by Peter Lilley about the withdrawal of social security benefits for asylum seekers gives every appearance to the contrary. Ma...

  • Letter: Lottery funds for Neptune Hall
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir: Although it is not our practice to comment publicly on applications under consideration, Colin Brown's article ("Philip wades into battle for lottery cash", 16 October) about the National Maritime Museum's application should not go unanswered. T...

  • Leading Article; One tyrant, one vote
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Here was a contest with one candidate in which many hapless voters were invited to mark their papers without the least privacy. Its outcome was celebrated with the intimidatory tattoo of Kalashnikov fire familiar at occasions of spontaneous public re...

  • Letter: Spoken English
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir: After reading Pam Ayres (Another View: "Permit me my wrinkles", 13 October), I was reminded of an exquisite piece of conversation I overheard in August between two birdwatchers at Spurn Point on Humberside. First birdwatcher: "I've just seen a r...

  • Letter: A wealthy but backward society
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir: As a Filipina married to an Englishman and living in this country, I am incensed at the treatment my countrywomen (and other foreign nationals) are receiving at the hands of Arab employers in the Gulf ("Gulf maids in slavery to a reign of terror...

  • Unfinished prison reform
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    The Prison Service has had a troubled history. In the Eighties it was industrial relations and overcrowding. In 1990 it was the most serious riots in its history at Strangeways and other prisons. Most recently it has been the very serious escapes fro...

  • The buck wanders round and round
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    At one level this is sensible. The old doctrine was that, in Aneurin Bevan's phrase, ``if a bedpan is dropped, the minister will hear of it''. Taken seriously, that would produce deafened, overwhelmed ministers, drowning helplessly in the minutiae of...

  • Letter: Foreign aid for the British army
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir: In 1952, I served in Korea as a signal platoon sergeant, 1st Bn Royal Fusiliers. Your article "Gurkhas on alert to bolster Paras' depleted infantry" (14 October) caused me to remember that the infantry battalions in the Commonwealth division wer...

  • This green and threatened land
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    This warm and dreamy national emblem still survives largely intact across much of the country - but it is looking increasingly faded and ragged. The fields are bigger because many of the hedgerows have either been grubbed out or ruined through neglec...

  • Letter: Open planning
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir: In the course of his musings on the review of local government ("Who said size was not important?" 4 October), Professor Michael Chisholm is quoted as saying: "There is a lot of low-grade corruption in district councils regarding planning decisi...

  • Letter: Subsidy for the exploited employee
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir: Last Wednesday (11 October), Peter Lilley duly observed the traditions of the Conservative Party Conference by raising the spectre of social security benefit fraud in order ritually to decry it. Obviously, benefit fraud cannot be a good thing, b...

  • Many a proverb makes no sense
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    It took me several minutes' hard thought before I stumbled on the fallacy in this idea, but even after spotting the fallacy I still like it. It comes from Paul Dickson's The New Official Rules, the great guide to life that I referred to yesterday and...

  • Delia runs wild in the bookshop
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    In half a million British households, as the nights draw in, people will presumably be sitting down to Tuscan White Bean Soup with Frizzled Shallots and Pancetta, they'll be tucking into Red Onion Tarte Tatin, calling for more of the Spiced Lambrusco...

  • Letter: Boxing: the camaraderie and the tragedy
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir, I was pleased to note in your editorial "Boxing: the final blow?" (16 October) that you accept that the risks of death in boxing are extremely low, and further, that whatever the risks, boxers choose to enter the ring, and accept that whatever m...

  • Leading Article; Howard escapes justice again
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Sir John's report, which focuses primarily on the escape of three dangerous prisoners last January from Parkhurst, describes a shambolic security system, many weaknesses of which had been previously identified by the governor and by Judge Stephen Tum...

  • Bank ready for Barings attack from Singapore
    Tuesday, 17 October 1995

    Singapore and JOHN EISENHAMMER London The Bank of England was bracing itself last night for a barrage of criticism from Singapore, which today publishes its version of the destruction of Barings. Eddie George, the Governor of the Bank of England, wil...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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