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Monday, 2 October 1995

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Bill Cash's alternative leader on the topic of the European Court of Human Rights perfectly illustrates the need for that court - and, indeed, for the Convention on Human Rights to be incorporated into our domestic law. When he complains about a...

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: The High Court ruling that Michael Howard acted unlawfully in setting the parole review of five IRA prisoners will come as no surprise to prisoners or their lawyers. Earlier this year the European Commission on Human Rights had already decided t...

  • LETTERS: Fallacies of the publishing market
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Germaine Greer's onslaught on Oxford and Cambridge University Presses ("Away with price-fixing - and on with VAT!", 29 September) shows that she has fallen victim to the fallacy that everything can be done by the principles of the market. Univer...

  • backgammon
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    The first step is to calculate the pip count for both sides. A player's pip count is the number of pips on the dice he must throw in order to bear all his checkers into his home board and then off the board. It is simply calculated by multiplying the...

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Colin Brown's article "Britain could quit convention" (29 September) confirms my understanding that some of Her Majesty's ministers only have respect for the law when it enables them to carry out their political policies; when the law gets in th...

  • And for his next trick ...
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Gordon Brown's policy proposals, outlined over the past few days, attempt to fill this gap. As of yesterday, Labour now has a list of programmes to help the under 25s and the long-term unemployed to find work. Sure, it will cost a lot; at least a bil...

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Tim Willcocks (letter, 30 September), in his assertion that IRA members had to "be prepared for the consequences" of fighting a war with Britain, is either being extremely naive or wilful. Never in the 25 years of the conflict did the British ar...

  • The wall comes down in Ireland
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Seen together these developments highlight an extraordinary phenomenon: the crumbling of a rigid social and political order that has held back the chances of reconciliation between the island's communities. Until relatively recently the grip of the C...

  • No security for the jailer
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Just as with electronic tagging and prison privatisation, the Government's reported enthusiasm for a British Alcatraz is another sign of the obsession with American law and order fads. Supermax prisons are all the rage in the US and it seems one or t...

  • LETTERS: Too brutal
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Your article ("Brutalist, original, but a slum", 2 October) about Keeling House is seriously misleading. The building is structurally sound. It requires restoration, when it will then provide some 60 homes with a life expectancy of at least 60 y...

  • LETTERS: Poetry outside the arts establishment
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Contrary to John Walsh's remarks (Diary, 28 September), there is nothing patronising about blowing the London Poetry Marathon's publicity budget on paying 50 people who are unemployed pounds 10 (not pounds 50, as stated by Mr Walsh) for reciting...

  • LETTERS: Fallacies of the publishing market
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Whatever the rights and wrongs of the collapse of the Net Book Agreement, I am becoming increasingly irritated and depressed by the view that seems to be gaining currency in your pages that books are "ridiculously" cheap to manufacture, the impl...

  • One Germany, no momentum
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    There lies the rub. Five years precisely into its newly acquired unity, Germany seems like a country still unable to define what is happening to it within and without. This is not really astonishing considering the traumatic event in 1989, the fall o...

  • Are we sitting too comfortably?
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    A government report leaked to journalists over the weekend spells it out: the percentage of obese people in Britain has doubled since 1980, and is predicted to increase by another 50 per cent within a decade. By 2005, it says, a quarter of all Britis...

  • site unseen Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross, London
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Take the area to the north of St Pancras and King's Cross railway stations. If you say that you actually enjoy walking around this neighbourhood, then most people promptly write you off as a drug addict or a prostitute. But there is as much to relish...

  • true gripes whistling
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    My dad has never been a violent man, but I knew how he felt. I was only a kid at the time, but the guy was bugging me, too. It was about 3 o'clock and he'd been out, whistling, in his garden since early morning. He must have gone through the Jonathan...

  • LETTERS: EU's future: Labour's view
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: The National Executive Committee's report The Future of the European Union, which is to be debated at the Labour Party conference on Tuesday morning, is undoubtedly the most pro-European document ever to be published by the party. It proposes a ...

  • A clear song from the shadow chancellor
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    He suffered the indignity of national lampoon after using the phrase "endogenous growth theory". The mocking laughter wasn't confined to enemies; in the Labour family, too, he had come to be seen as a frozen politician, gagged by his own caution. Fin...

  • LETTERS: Thalidomide facts
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Roger Jones of Penn Pharmaceuticals (Magazine: "The return of thalidomide", 23 September) may well have spotted a lucrative niche market for his company's product but, as a commentator on the thalidomide parents' settlement with Distillers in th...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Varying at move five from the line that had led him to a crushing defeat in game 10, Anand secured a sound, but slightly inferior position from the opening. When queens were exchanged at move 21, White's control of the b-file gave him some advantage....

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Benito Mussolini, with the revelation by his son that the Italian dictator was a great fan of Mickey Mouse, considered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs a masterpiece, and sang Disney songs to his children. He had discussed Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse...

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: From the 1950s, acceptance of the European Convention on Human Rights has been regarded as necessary to qualify for membership of the Council of Europe, whose statute Britain helped to draft. In recent years acceptance of the jurisdiction of the...

  • 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...

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