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Sunday, 22 October 1995

  • Letter: A church in partnership with its congregation
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: Without wishing to endorse all Kit Chalcraft's conclusions, I want to add my support to his basic contention that Anglican priests who lack freehold are open to all manner of unjust and arbitrary removal, sometimes for more negligible reasons, s...

  • Letter: Profiting from Fred West's life
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: The Official Solicitor to the Fred West estate is poised to sell the film rights to Hollywood and has apparently hawked the book rights to the highest bidder (reports, 20 October). But why stop there? I am fully expecting a CD, T-shirts and a TV...

  • bridge
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    The king of spades was the natural lead and, when East played low, declarer had a textbook play: he ruffed the spade continuation, drew trumps, ruffed dummy's last spade, and eliminated clubs. Then he finessed the nine of diamonds to end-play West. O...

  • Traumatised by the new reality
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    The truth is more prosaic. France is in a mess because of its own failure to make internal reforms to adjust to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the ending of the US-Soviet superpower system. External circumstances have changed, but France still w...

  • Letter: Parish the thought
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: You mentioned briefly in your leader of 18 October ("The dream of Gummerius") that parish councils were being given some more powers in the area of community transport. In fact, the Rural White Paper goes much farther. It provides a clear endors...

  • Anatomy of a Pill scare
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    The overriding concern was that of public health and the safety of women taking the contraceptives in question. At no stage were financial considerations an issue. Three independent studies, carefully reviewed by the Committee on the Safety of Medici...

  • Leading Article: Incey-Wincey in the sun
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    But now there is chilling news that looks set to spoil the sunshine party. The summer heat has encouraged the spread into these islands of ever larger house- spiders from further south, has bred bigger native arachnids and has sent male spiders wild ...

  • Letter: Awestruck by old Crystal Palace
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: A new Crystal Palace at Sydenham (letters, 21 October) would meet with my approval, but could never engender the powerful emotions I experienced when, as a child, I visited the original there in the Thirties. It was fusty and decaying at that ti...

  • Letter: A church in partnership with its congregation
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: One can sympathise with the Rev Kit Chalcraft (Another View: "Priests for the people", 18 October) for having lost his job, though from all accounts he was at least partly to blame, but he should not use your columns to make inaccurate observati...

  • Letter: Better for verse
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: Michael Glover's Eeyorish account of the parlous state of some poetry publishers' lists ("The problem with poetry", 10 October) should not go unchallenged. Mr Glover omits any mention of the acknowledged market leaders: Faber, Bloodaxe and Pengu...

  • Letter: Classic FM's serious approach
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: I have listened to Radio 3 since I was a child. I regard it with a mixture of great affection and periodic irritation. The latter is usually provoked by the disappearance of programmes I particularly enjoyed, such as the Morning Concert and Musi...

  • We must end this war of town v country
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    This horror of formlessness led to the "green belts" to mark the boundaries between town and country and prevent further attenuation of the qualities of urban - and rural - life. But once again, cities are changing and so, too, is the countryside, wi...

  • Letter: Profiting from Fred West's life
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: I am amazed that the Official Solicitor, Peter Harris, is legally entitled to "sell" evidence acquired in the course of a prosecution by the Crown ("Fred West's life story sold off by government lawyer", 19 October). Surely this material is the ...

  • Leading Article: Peter Lilley's repo men
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    The problem that the Government is trying to address is certainly a big one. We have all heard about the gang frauds and seen Peter Lilley wave aloft the social security smart card that he hopes will help to suppress them. But a lot of the money is l...

  • Letter: Bloomsbury arts not elitist
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee writes that politicians who are outraged by funding "elitist" arts from the lottery are out of touch with the times ("Politicians are the true philistines", 18 October). She goes on to castigate Bloomsbury as having been, between t...

  • The amateurs of Downing Street
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Much of it could be called the higher trivia of politics, from the decorations in Downing Street rooms to the little jokes swapped by the Prime Minister's staff. Major himself comes across as one would expect from close-quarters supporters: a decent,...

  • Letter: Behaviour of MPs
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: Nothing demonstrates more the need for an independent ethical body to scrutinise the behaviour of MPs and government ministers than the row regarding the Home Secretary's alleged conduct regarding the dismissal of the director of prisons. That t...

  • Letter: Alcohol in France
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: David Lister (Diary, 17 October) draws the wrong conclusion from the fact that alcohol-related public order offences are much lower in France. There are a number of possible explanations for this, the most likely being that some cultures (such a...

  • Sixteen nuns and an umbrella
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    It was a fatal move. The man beside me in the pub stirred and said: "I was in Rome briefly 10 years ago. I had an unfortunate encounter with a party of nuns, one of whom still writes to me regularly with marriage proposals." Everyone turned away from...

  • Who gives a good cause a bad name?
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Well, that's what I thought, and what I was arguing until yesterday. Then along came the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Express, with their outraged discovery that, out of the pounds 40m to be distributed today, "there is pounds 170,000 for the Scotti...

  • creativity goggle-eyed magnetism
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    snorkelling beside me." Nicholas James quotes those lines from the Rubber Swimwear of Omar Khayyam, "the sequel to his better-known rubber hat". Len Clarke was also moved to poetry by snorkel, goggles and fridge magnet: "Full 9.144m your MP lies, and...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    4004BC: According to James Usher, the date of the Creation. At 9am, precisely, as John Lightfoot pointed out. 1918: The Commons votes to allow women to become MPs. 1926: A decree in Rome bans women from public office. 24 October: 1857: In Sheffield, ...

  • chess
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Bronstein began with a loss to Christa Hartman of Sweden, which left the stage clear for Malcolm Pein to provide the brilliance. Black's 16...Qb7, instead of the simple Bxg2, is asking for trouble, and 17.Nf5! supplies it splendidly. After 17...Bxg2 ...

  • Letter: Bloomsbury arts not elitist
    Monday, 23 October 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee tells us that the Bloomsbury group "encouraged lesser mortals to think that art was not for them". Maynard Keynes, a central figure in Bloomsbury, became chairman of the wartime Council for the Encouragement of Music and Arts in 19...

  • LETTERS: Briefly
    Sunday, 22 October 1995

    Edward Greening, London E1

  • 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: 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

  • 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 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...

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

    Dr Roger Wells Canterbury Christ Church College, Kent

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

    Jon Barker, Cardiff

  • 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...

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