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Tuesday, 24 October 1995

  • It seems strange to complain that knowing the price of a service is a bad thing
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    One curiosity about the Bevan reforms was that they reduced local accountability. The National Health Service was deliberately statist. It is forgotten now, but Bevan thought a service dominated by local voices would be a second-rate affair. Now the ...

  • chess William Hartston
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    McDonnell-La Bourdonnais: 1 e4 c5 2 f4 Nc6 3 Nf3 e6 4 c3 d5 5 e5 f6 6 Na3 Nh6 7 Nc2 Qb6 8 d4 Bd7 9 Ne3 cxd4 10 cxd4 Bb4+ 11 Kf2 0-0 12 Kg3 Rac8 13 h4 fxe5 14 fxe5 Rxf3+! 15 gxf3 Nxd4 16 Bd3 Rf8 17 f4 Bc5 18 Rf1 Bb5 19 Bxb5 Qxb5 20 Kh3 Ne2 21 Ng2 Nf5 ...

  • LETTERS: Wonderful Copenhagen
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: In Alastair Down's article on Red Rum ("The horse who could win a by a landslide", 21 October), he refers to "poor old Copenhagen hanging about all day waiting for Napoleon to get back on". Copenhagen was otherwise engaged, as he was the charger...

  • LETTERS: Environmental facts on the Net
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: You reported today that Friends of the Earth has "placed a register of Britain's most polluting factories, gasworks, chemical plants and refineries on the Internet" ("Blackspot warnings go on the Internet", 20 October). While we have provided de...

  • Beware the French Lieutenant's grockle
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    If, in the late autumn of 1995, you had been a guest at the oddly-named Buena Vista Hotel, in the town of Lyme Regis - and had chosen to take tea in the Tivoli Rooms - you might have discerned, by inclining slightly to your left, the figure of a man ...

  • LETTERS: Lottery squabbles
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: As the name-calling by the disappointed reaches a crescendo, the obvious is overlooked. If there were no lottery, there would be no cash to squabble over. Yours faithfully, Tony Brown London, W3

  • LETTERS: Pill scare: trouble for doctors and women
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: Several issues have arisen out of the Department of Health's recent announcement concerning the contraceptive Pill. The DoH lists varicose veins, obesity and previous thrombosis as reasons for discontinuing the third-generation Pills containing ...

  • LETTERS: Delia's for dunces
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: We have long held that Delia Smith's recipes bear the same relationship to cooking as painting by numbers does to art, and so were immensely pleased to find in Rose Shepherd's article "Delia runs wild in the bookshop" (17 October) that we are no...

  • Patrolling with a purpose
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Between two-thirds and three-quarters of the police budget goes on patrolling. For the officers who do it, patrolling consists of hours of aimless wandering the streets, hoping that something will happen. Few seem to have any clear notion of why they...

  • LETTERS: Off track
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: So, "Linford Christie is the greatest athlete this country has ever produced" (Magazine, 21 October)? Well, it was a tremendous achievement for him to win the 100m gold in Barcelona, but let's not forget that Sebastian Coe (1,500m, 1980 and 1984...

  • The key to my enlightenment
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Let me explain the background to this vision. During my recent absence from these pages, I was in Italy working for an independent TV company on a Channel 4 programme about saints' relics. (I am not an expert on saints relics. I think that was one of...

  • Lord Mackay's well-intentioned fiasco
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    If for this Wee Free Lord Chancellor this amounted to supping with the popish anti-Christ, at least he sold his soul for something of tangible value. An astonishing press release soon afterwards was his reward. It reads: "The Catholic Media Office ha...

  • Spend less, let the people prosper
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    I find this notion of the symbiotic colonial relationship rather a happy one. Can Britain learn lessons from her last great colony - and apply them to her own long-term advantage? There is less of a hang-up in most successful Asian countries about th...

  • LETTERS: Blind spot in arms protocol
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: I would like to correct a false impression in Christopher Bellamy's article "US cancels laser weapon that can cause blindness" (14 October). The US did not cancel its portable "Laser Countermeasure System" directly in response to the new interna...

  • LETTERS: Tapes are a legal safeguard
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: I sympathise with the sentiments behind Marguerite Evers' and Alan Bullion's letters about selling evidence for profit in cases such as Frederick West's (23 October), but there are wider aspects which they ignore. Firstly, a fundamental rule of ...

  • An agenda for the United Nations
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    The organisation's golden jubilee has coincided exactly with one of its worst moments of crisis, fed by the refusal of the United States to pay up the roughly $1.3bn it owes the UN. Had Washington stumped up the cash, it might just have been possible...

  • LETTERS: When does success spell failure?
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: In his review of Alice Beckett's Fakes: Forgery and the Art World ("The Art of Lying", 16 September), David Ekserdjiansays that I have been quoted as comparing myself with Michelangelo and Rembrandt, without bothering to say who quotes me, or if...

  • LETTERS: Pill scare: trouble for doctors and women
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    and others Sir: We are concerned about the motives behind the latest official warning on the dangers of certain low-dose combined contraceptive pills ("Pill alert for a million women", 20 October). The report suggests that at-risk patients are more l...

  • LETTERS: Pill scare: trouble for doctors and women
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Sir: In common, I suspect, with most other GPs, I heard about the latest Pill scare via the media on Thursday, before the official letter arrived in my post on Friday morning. The official advice to women is, perhaps not unreasonably at first sight, ...

  • meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 25 October 1995

    Violet pig shock horror Sara Karloff, daughter of horror-film star Boris, has divulged that her father loved playing cricket and gardening, and that he had a pet pig named Violet. Wedding undress Strip-tease shows at weddings have been judged to be p...

  • LETTER : Singling out the loneliness factor
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: In her reply (Section Two, 23 October) to Angela Lambert's article about young single people, Fran Abrams misrepresents our 1993 survey to which Ms Lambert referred. Respondents were asked which, if any, of a list of 19 things they disliked most...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Ducks. Julekha, a 35-year-old Bangladeshi woman, chopped off her neighbour's penis with a knife when he attempted to rape her. She later gave the severed organ to the police, saying: "I first planned to feed it to my ducks, but later changed my mind....

  • LETTER : A useless thing to learn? Nein!
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae thinks that "we teach our children things they will not need to know, like German (the Germans all speak English)" ("There's a bit of Sting in all of us", 19 October). Like any foreigners, certain Germans are capable of speaking Eng...

  • site unseen : Trinity Almshouses, Greenwich, London
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    It is not a problem unique to our generation. In the past, either families looked after their own, or the companies which had once employed people accepted responsibility. The latter solution took the physical form of almshouses, which sprang up all ...

  • juste a mot
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Hurrying to work this morning, delayed by the inevitable search for socks, and having to rush out without breakfast, an impor-tant thought occurred to me: socklessness is a major cause of breakfastlessness. Yet neither of those indispensible lessness...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : No charity for lottery leaders
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    That will not prevent many of the recipients from being the subject of attack. The Mail on Sunday thinks money should not to go help Eritrean immigrants. The Sunday Express doesn't think drug abuse is a problem worthy of attack by lottery-funded char...

  • LETTERS : Rates burden on village shops
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: It is quite misleading to state, in your leading article "The dream of Gummerius" (18 October), that the Secretary of State for Environment, John Gummer, "proposes to assist small general stores and post offices with rates relief". Only an extre...

  • LETTER : Damage from West memoirs
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: As members of a self-help group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, we wish to protest at the arrangements made by the Official Solicitor for the sale of Frederick West's autobiography and the police tapes of interviews with witnesses...

  • Angst? Can you buy it at the mall?
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    If only at the level of disposable income, fictional Chester and fictional Beverly Hills are worlds apart. The LA kids are dressed in Alaia and Dior; those in Chester wear Next or lower. The cars in LA are showroom fresh; those in Chester carefully n...

  • LETTER : Literary 'Sirs'
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: Silence is probably a better response, and certainly as Shakespeare made clear, there should be a "pox on opinions". However, I cannot help but protest at the media's current eulogies on the recent death of Kingsley Amis. I have no quarrel at al...

  • LETTER : Saving money on blood transfusion
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: If John Adey, the chief executive of the National Blood Authority (Letters, 14 October), is not proposing to close any blood centres, why did the NBA choose Option D from the alternatives set out by the consultants Bain & Co who were asked t...

  • Time for Blair to put on his bifocals
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    As far as a large number of voters are concerned, the answer is simply that Labour is the force that will expel the Conservatives from office. The 30-point lead given to Labour by NOP in the Sunday Times is incredible, literally in that it is hard to...

  • Ode to a lumberjack
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Here, for your delight, and for the interest of any theatre impresario who may be reading this, is an extract from the first act. The scene is a dispensary in far-off Edmonton. Young Dr Keats is working away at his mortar and pestle, while the elderl...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Germany's left out in the cold
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Not since 1959 has the mountain to be climbed seemed so high. Then, faced with the purgatory of permanent opposition, the SPD threw away its Marxist shackles in the famous Bad Godesberg declaration, opening the way to the respectable salons of nation...

  • LETTER : Corporations rule the world
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: Bully for Andrew Marr (19 October)! He is quite right not to be blown off the course of his reflections on state power by Martin Wolfe, or even the Treasury Chief Secretary - All Souls notwithstanding. If we agree that it is economic power we ar...

  • LETTER : 'Good causes' and the lottery
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: Much of the continuing controversy in distributing the National Lottery proceeds ("Who gives a good cause a bad name?" 23 October) can be attributed to the original government conception that the lottery should raise money "for good causes". Thi...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Real message of fashion
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    In Red or Dead's headline-grabbing catwalk show as part of London Fashion Week last Saturday, models carrying blood-stained household implements symbolised not the OJ trial but a post-apocalyptic view of a world inflicting violence on itself. It has ...

  • LETTER : Czech facts
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: In your article "Red card: the Czech Republic" (Sports section, 9 October), the statement that "The Czech team rejected the accommodation offered to them by their host" is torn out of context. The accommodation offered to the Czech team by the B...

  • LETTER : Chamois lather
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Sir: Allow me, as a sensitive mountaineer, to point out in his cartoon in yesterday's edition (19 October), Michael Heath has wrongly classified a chamois as a goat. It is, in fact, the only European antelope. Mr Heath might have chosen, in his illus...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 24 October 1995

    Most recently, it has been the super-veteran David Bronstein who has been having most fun. After a slow start of two draws and a loss, he was jolted back to life when the German master Alex Jeffe played an archaic line of the King's Gambit against hi...

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