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Thursday, 26 October 1995

  • LETTER : Merseyside treasure
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    Sir: With a budget deficit of more than pounds 60m, Liverpool City Council has made the deplorable and irrational decision to see the Town Hall's magnificent pair of Regency wine-coolers (made by A. Edmundson & Sons, the celebrated local cabinet ...

  • Young, free, virginal and not a dork
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    At first we listened to a tape of Don Giovanni very loud, but then conversation took over. He had graduated in medicine, was doing his clinical year, finding it hard. He was a musician as well as a physician. I found myself asking about one of my pet...

  • LETTER : Drawing the wrong lessons from Asia's dynamic economies
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    Sir: Rather than calling for a "shrinking state" on the basis of his experience of Hong Kong (25 October), Chris Patten might look more closely at the creative ways in which the public and private sector work together there. For example, the Hong Kon...

  • The man with all the answers
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    People often criticise British Rail for using the expression "station stop". They think it is a nonsense to announce "Swindon will be the next station stop" instead of "Swindon will be the next station". But surely it is a quite sensible term, if Swi...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Getting divorced from Olga
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    Pity then poor Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Lord Chancellor - and an upright man desiring to do his best for the law. His Divorce Bill, a centrepiece of the forthcoming Queen's speech, is an honest attempt to remove some of the more objectionable aspect...

  • Did the NHS cheat Jaymee?
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    It has been a long, tangled and dreadfully painful story, and it is not over yet. Jaymee and her father remain outraged by their health authority's refusal to pay for her to have a second bone-marrow transplant in February. The question of the cost -...

  • LETTER : No U-turn and no gravy train
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    Sir: Your story "Labour in U-turn over new transport policy" (26 October) was false from start to finish. I am astonished that your correspondent did not contact me to find out the truth. I have inherited a draft transport policy document from Michae...

  • LETTER : Suicide warning for gay youth
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    Sir: Pete Price's distressing story (Section Two; "I'm gay and I don't need a psychiatrist", 24 October) is very relevant today in terms of personal, professional and family responses to being young and gay or lesbian. Eight research studies in the U...

  • LETTER : Goldsmith's private party
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    Sir: The Referendum Party is asking us (full-page advertisement, 25 October) to vote for a referendum the fairness of whose terms we cannot judge until after we have voted in a general election. It says that "a group of respected citizens" from both ...

  • LETTER : Four-eyes strike back
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    Sir: Shame on Vicky Ward for her thoughtless "specs-ist" remarks about "those beautiful Bostridge boys" (Diary, 24 October). Glasses do not automatically make the wearer undesirable nor pitiable. For proof of this fact Ms Ward could take a quick look...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Time for a tete a tete
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    Since Jacques Chirac's presidential election victory last May, the Franco- German relationship has clearly run into difficulties. One is the resumption of French nuclear tests, which put the German government in the awkward position of having to stan...

  • LETTER : Goldsmith's private party
    Friday, 27 October 1995

    Sir: It is hard to compete with Sir James Goldsmith's millions, but his advertisement in yesterday's Independent cannot go unremarked. Extraordinary though it was, it was most notable for what it omitted. Throughout the text, Sir James is careful to ...

  • Letter: The vision of the Crystal Palace
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: Further to your article of 18 October ("Crystal Palace may rise from the ashes", 18 October) and subsequent correspondence (21 October), it would seem appropriate to draw the attention of your readers to the following points: If Sir Joseph Paxto...

  • numbers the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Twenty-six is most interesting when squared or cubed. Twenty-six squared is 676, making 26 the smallest number whose square is palindromic without being palindromic itself. Other such numbers include 264, 307 and 836, of which the last is the most im...

  • Can Italy survive Dini's fall?
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    As a non-political premier, Mr Dini was supposed to have been the man to dig Italy out of the last hole it fell into following the resignation of his predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi. But now, buffeted by inter-party rivalries in the country's hopeless...

  • Letter: Lottery promotes wishful thinking
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: All this controversy over the distribution of National Lottery proceeds could easily be avoided (and much administrative expense saved ) if the recipients were chosen by means of ... a lottery. Yours faithfully, Len Salem London, W5

  • A responsible divorce law
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    I have recently assumed responsibility for funding marriage guidance. My department is now chairing a group set up to look at ways to support people preparing for marriage, as well as those who are already married and need help. I consider that parti...

  • Leader: Prolonged, stormy race ahead
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Had such a transcription been made of Michael Howard's address to a rather different conference this autumn, it would have noted the listeners' reactions to the Home Secretary's condemnation of racism as "applause". But his determination to crack dow...

  • Leader: Work is a four-letter word
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    It is worth considering why this is happening and whether it can be stopped. At first sight the process seems to have an inexorable, lunatic logic of its own, like the growth of peacocks' tails, or the spread of ever more sophisticated word-processin...

  • Letter: Global tax for multinationals
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: Lord Desai (letter, 24 October) surely accepts the inevitability of our present-day international monetary system all too easily. Perhaps the removal of national capital controls was inevitable and irreversible, but does it have to be to unregul...

  • Letter: Child labour in Portugal
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: I am writing with reference to your article on child labour in Portugal ("Portugal's children reap bitter harvest", 17 October). Of course, there is no denying the existence of child labour in Portugal. However, your article fails to convey a fe...

  • Letter: Freely given
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: The National Blood Authority says the only alternative to selling surplus blood products is to destroy them (20 October). Has the authority not considered that what has been gladly and freely donated could be given as freely to others? I have no...

  • Letter: Precipitate action on Pill
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: Your article covering the recent Committee on Safety of Medicines advice on certain combined oral contraceptives included a table of contraceptives ("Women still haunted by the risk factor", 20 October) which categorised products according to th...

  • Letter: Put Hansard on the Internet
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: The Campaign for Freedom of Information is right to lobby for Hansard to be available free of charge on the Internet and to challenge the Government's present stance that departments and agencies should aim to make money from the sale of public ...

  • Letter: Sting in the tale
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: I read with interest your reference to the suggestion in court that Sting's A-level in economics should have helped him to have a better understanding of his financial documents ("Sting's adviser jailed for pounds 6m theft from star", 18 October...

  • Letter: The vision of the Crystal Palace
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: In her article on the Crystal Palace (18 October), Marianne Macdonald describes it as "the first prefabricated building". My grandfather, Sir Edwin Airey, who designed and built Airey houses all over the country after the war, would never willin...

  • Let's leave race out of immigration policy
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    We cannot be both. We cannot rat on our moral obligations to Indian and Chinese Hong-Kongers and be an influential, respected player in the developing Asian game. We cannot be a bubbling international entrepot where cultures meet and the world does b...

  • Going through a tricky phrase
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    So, to while away the tedium of these otherwise useless encounters, I have devised a new game to play during Today or Newsnight or wherever interviewer is pitted against apologist. All you have to do is take the following list in hand and tick a phra...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Cosmonauts, with the news that potato plants aboard the space shuttle Colombia have begun to sprout in a specially designed astroculture chamber. By the time the craft lands at Kennedy Space Centre on 5 November, the potatoes will be the size of grap...

  • Letter: The vision of the Crystal Palace
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: The proposal to build a replica Crystal Palace would be a great mistake and a major misuse of lottery funds. However, this magnificent site has been neglected for far too long. What is required is a new, breathtaking, imaginative building that w...

  • Letter: Lottery promotes wishful thinking
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: It is not only the "Churches [that] unite to attack 'damaging' lottery" (25 October) but also non-religious people such as myself. The most profound problems with the National Lottery are not only that it is a tax on stupidity, but that it promo...

  • Letter: Lottery promotes wishful thinking
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: Your editorial "No charity for lottery winners" (24 October) states that everyone can join in the argument about who receives lottery cash. It would be a simple matter for Camelot to give everybody a democratic say in the distribution by adding ...

  • Letter: Precipitate action on Pill
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Sir: I wish to express my disquiet about the way the Secretary of State for Health handled the withdrawal of the "dangerous" oral contraceptives. There was no need to precipitate anxieties bordering on hysteria by asking women to present to their GPs...

  • chess
    Thursday, 26 October 1995

    Essentially a dialogue between the book's co-authors, Steve Davis and David Norwood, Steve Davis Plays Chess is a series of brief master-classes, with positions and the occasional entire game discussed. Davis agonises over his blunders; Norwood commi...

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