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Saturday, 21 October 1995

  • LETTERS: We can always blame the ref
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    As I remember it, on recent Lions rugby tours, British correspondents were vociferous in condemnation of the local referees who either didn't know the rules or chose to ignore them altogether. P Gregory Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

  • LETTERS: Needle point
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    It is curious also that he should champion improvements in public health rather than vaccination as a means of eradicating infectious disease - when did the two methods declare themselves to be in opposition? Dr R A Fisken Bedale, North Yorkshire

  • LETTERS: Funding stays on the track
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Six new stations have opened in the Railtrack Great Western Zone this year. One was entirely funded, and the others largely funded, by local authorities. Two more will open next year. Diana Leigh Thames Trains, Reading

  • LETTERS: Unchecked racism
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    As the reported evidence of incitement to racial hatred was about as stark as it is possible to imagine, the only reason the CPS could plausibly have held fire is a belief that the "public interest" would not be best served by a trial. Supplying the ...

  • LETTERS: Putting the Crown straight
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Anthony F Small Southsea, Hampshire

  • LETTERS: Bosnia's universal lessons
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Andric did not write those words in a "strange letter in 1921", as Mr Tanner suggests. They appear in his story, A letter from 1920, published after the Second World War. The words are spoken by a character in the story, a Jew who decides to leave Bo...

  • A dirty fight indeed, but Mr Howard deserved to win
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Now, as then, the debate involved prisons and escapes. This time the part of Lord Jenkins was played by Mr Michael Howard; while filling in for Lord Hailsham was one of New Labour's few representatives in the Shadow Cabinet, Mr Jack Straw. Not even M...

  • The UN remains weak because the Great Powers keep it that way The big powers do not dare to give the UN the strength it needs to let the UN
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    This anecdote comes from Linda Melvern's The Ultimate Crime, a long and highly critical history published as the UN now reaches its half-century. As Melvern reveals, the incident was half-mythical. It did happen, but not during the celebrations and n...

  • Prisoners of Tory mistrust
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Let there be no doubt that this is Tory property. The Tories are obsessed with locking people up. Punishment is what they are supposed to be good at. Further, the Prison Service has had "agency" status (freedom from operational Whitehall control) sin...

  • LETTERS: Apples, and other plants too Pressing case for real cider
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Instead of reading Bulmer's annual report in W11 perhaps Mr Patten should visit the row upon row of cider apple trees that Bulmer and others have planted in Herefordshire and there he will see one of the limitations of "environmental best practice": ...

  • Flaky questions ... wobbles at Walworth Road ... church mice
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    n CAPTAIN Moonlight's Interactive Corner. Hi! And welcome once again to your particular part of the column. This is where I publish your hopes, your fears and your penetrating observations on life and give you a bottle of the sponsor's port in return...

  • LETTERS: Faulkner's wings of fantasy
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    William Faulkner served 179 days as a trainee on course 42 at No 4 school of Military Aeronautics at Toronto University. He never, in that time, left terra firma. Nevertheless, back in Oxford, he affected the stigmata of distinguished combat in fligh...

  • profile: Delia Smith: First, find a market
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    It was a classic Delia moment: the homely explanation, the cool determination to demystify and de-snob the process of preparing decent food, the ready acknowledgement that cooks have other things to do than measure wine into rice all evening. It was ...

  • The Daily Mail guide to poverty: it's my fault
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    "It is an often grim environment," he observed, "a wasteland of litter, broken toys and rubbish bags." His article is, you might think, a searing indictment of the run-down public housing and inadequate state education, the absence of jobs and nurser...

  • A theatrical misrepresentation
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Irving has since retired, and I have switched from editing to writing. The cast has changed, but the script remains the same. Our new theatre critic, Robert Butler, has not seen much to rave about yet. Of course, there's good wine in every vintage. T...

  • Contract at breaking point
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Last week Mr Hurd began his new job at NatWest Bank, providing "services of a promotional or ambassadorial nature" as well as advice on global political and economic issues. For this - and for those who remember the days when Britain was a manufactur...

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold: Stickler to the rescue of the nation's spoken word My Expertise is called upon to school the nation
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    So it came as no great surprise last week when, the telephone having given off its customary trill, I lifted the "receiver" to hear the pleasant (if inescapably feminine!!) tones of our revered Secretary of State for Education, Mrs Gillian Shephard. ...

  • words: Naive
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    It was a fancy way of saying to the people who let those prisoners escape, "How could you be so stupid?" Stupidity used not, however, to be the main thing about naivety, which was more to do with artlessness, a different matter. Robert's French dicti...

  • LETTERS: Kipling's translators If only we understood Kipling
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Dr Roger Wells Canterbury Christ Church College, Kent

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Charles Moore, new editor of the 'Daily Telegraph', failing to find a current television programme that he enjoys I will always remember the look in that horse's eyes at that moment. You could see the memories there and the wish that he could be back...

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Roma Parlby, Newark, Notts

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Eleni Kyriacou Editor, New Woman London WC2

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Edward Greening, London E1

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Jon Barker, Cardiff

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Deborah Barrass Low Fell, Tyne & Wear

  • LETTERS: Kipling's translators If only we understood Kipling
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Mr Wheatcroft may also be interested to know that Jose Antonio's father, General Miguel Primo de Rivera, proclaimed himself dictator of Spain after a military coup in 1923 with the support of Alfonso XIII. Alfonso called him "my Mussolini". Primo de ...

  • LETTERS: Anti-abortionists deserve to have their say
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    The nature of such protests serves to highlight the disturbing presence of 500 abortions taking place in this country daily. If Ms Glass disagrees with the methods employed by the individuals described in the piece, it is wrong that this should autom...

  • LETTERS: Putting the Crown straight
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    The main reason for the pursuit of an Australian republic is to rid ourselves of such an antiquated impediment as colonial monarchy. The right of the people of Australia is to have a citizen of our own land as our head of state, to stand publicly and...

  • LETTERS: Anti-abortionists deserve to have their say
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Various Christian organisations run excellent mother-and-baby homes where women receive support and counsel- ling (and a home, if necessary) during what is a very trau- matic time. There, with real guidance and help, they can decide, given time, whet...

  • LETTERS: Anti-abortionists deserve to have their say
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Piet Verhagen Tulla, Co Clare

  • Letter: Great impression
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: In 1956 a disastrous train accident happened in India. Without arguing about operational responsibilities, the then Railways Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, accepted full responsibility and resigned immediately. Later on, after Nehru's death, he ...

  • How they stitched together a tartan deal
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    What's more, their plans are endorsed by the TUC and the major local authority associations. Even the Archbishop of Canterbury has a kindly word to say for them. Fantasy? South of the border, undoubtedly yes. But this would be the English equivalent ...

  • The horse who could win by a landslide
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    What is certain is that Red Rum was backed by more people in his five faultless forays round those fearsome fences than was Sir Alec in the 1964 general election. But then the British, who love a punt, have always been more exercised by the inequalit...

  • Letter: Politics of art appreciation
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee has got it wrong! Referring to Jenny Lee, she writes: "by the Seventies, Labour had lost that vision of high art for everyone" ("Politicians are the true philistines", 18 October). I was Shadow Minister for the Arts from 1970-73 bu...

  • Letter: Don't knock Delia
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: How dare Rose Shepherd cast such a slur upon Delia Smith ("Delia runs wild in the bookshop", 17 October)? Saint Delia, as she is known among my friends and relatives, provides her followers with more than merely safe "English" cooking. Her recip...

  • Letter: Narrow-minded, morally censorious depiction of single life
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Surprising, and a tad ironic, to read such a morally censorious and narrow-minded interpretation of the single life by Angela Lambert (Section Two: "Will you be lonesome tonight?", 19 October). With a subject like this it must be very tempting t...

  • Letter: Quebec dam is off the agenda
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: In his article " 'First Nations' fight for freedom" (7 October), Hugh Winsor wrote on the position of the Cree and Inuit leaders of Northern Quebec in the forthcoming referendum on the sovereignty of Quebec and the proposal for a new partnership...

  • Sheer cupidity
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    He fixed me with his gimlet eye and replied thus: "When the Sunday Express runs a two-page feature on what you keep in your garage, and the Calvin Klein photographer tells you that the shot will look better if you keep your thighs slightly parted - t...

  • Leading article: After the bar-room brawl, we pick up the pieces
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Even the most assiduous reader, who has followed in detail the arguments that arose from the Learmont report into British jails, must be thoroughly perplexed. To whom should we now address our complaints about the perilous condition of Britain's pris...

  • A black man's minister; PROFILE: Louis Farrakhan
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    From the other side of the mirror it looks very different. Anyone who uses the subways or bus stations in the black areas of a major US city will be familiar with the sound of Minister Farrakhan's voice blaring out from a portable machine next to a s...

  • Letter: Resurrection of Crystal Palace
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: I write in support of the proposals to rebuild the Crystal Palace using money from the Millennium Commission ("Crystal Palace may rise from the ashes", 18 October). I am a civil engineer and made a study of the original palace using the records ...

  • Letter: Many avenues in asthma research
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Anyone reading Liz Hunt's article (Magazine: "Wheeze", 14 October) might have mistakenly thought that the number of people dying from asthma is increasing and that much of this is due to the drug treatments they receive. It is not as simple as t...

  • Letter: Resurrection of Crystal Palace
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: While welcoming the Millennium Commissioners' plans to fund large- scale projects to mark the advent of a new century, I do find it very sad that one such scheme involves the rebuilding of the Crystal Palace. We will never move forward as a coun...

  • Letter: Resurrection of Crystal Palace
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: I was interested to read your article today ("Crystal Palace may rise from the ashes", 18 October) on the proposed recreation of the Crystal Palace 1851 exhibition hall. I would merely point out that a replica of the building already exists in t...

  • Letter: Narrow-minded, morally censorious depiction of single life
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Yes, I am lonely and depressed. I write as a divorced mother-of- three in response to Angela Lambert's article as I would like to share my experiences with a dating agency. From my first phone call in answer to an ad in the local paper, I deduce...

  • Letter: Narrow-minded, morally censorious depiction of single life
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Being 30, professional and single I was fascinated to read Angela Lambert's views on my generation (Section Two; "Will you be lonesome tonight?", 19 October). You see, dysfunctional as I am and completely unable to forge any kind of relationship...

  • Letter: Politics of art appreciation
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's article "Politicians are the true philistines" (18 October) asserts that our Royal Family usurps the place in our heritage that rightfully belongs to great architects, writers and artists. By contrast, politicians in countries wi...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 21 October 1995

    Spin doctors will win or lose the next election for whichever side they choose to support - Michael Shea, former press secretary to the Queen I am not a spin doctor, for the very good reason that we won't win by spin - Joy Johnson, Labour's director ...

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