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Friday, 27 October 1995

  • LETTER : Signing on in the old days
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Perhaps the old ways were better ("Bailiffs will enforce curb on benefits", 23 October). At nearly 70, I well recall just after the war. If unemployed, I signed on at the nearest unemployment office, where, for me, the dole queue was on a Thursd...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: With reference to Peter Popham's article on BSE, my father regularly ate sheep's brains during the war - they were considered a great delicacy. If BSE originally comes from sheep's brains, why was this not noticed before now? Or do we assume tha...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Give Patten a hearing: he may be half right
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Not many economists will accept the validity of this claim, but there is little doubt that Western political debate over the next few years will increasingly be consumed by the challenge of the east Asian economies and what might be learnt from them....

  • Maggie month
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    And nothing could demonstrate better the superiority of her vision than to contrast the style and ambition of her transatlantic affair with a pathetic attempt by the sclerotic Germans to hold a party of their own. Herr Kohl's bash was to mark the 40t...

  • LETTER : How to signal that you're sorry
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: This morning, driving through my home town, I made a stupid mistake, forcing another driver to brake suddenly. It was entirely my fault, which I was anxious to acknowledge. Would it not be helpful if there were some recognised sign among drivers...

  • LETTER : Oh, for a stylish cycle helmet
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: I could not agree more with Magnus Mills about cycle helmets (True Gripes, 26 October). They always make one look a complete and utter wally. Surely it cannot be beyond the wit of man to design a (cheap) functional cycle helmet that does not lea...

  • LETTER : In search of our greatest athlete
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: The greatest athlete this country has ever produced? What about the Scottish ultra-distance runner Don Ritchie, MBE? Don Who? Athletics does not end after four laps of a track. Don's 100 miles world-best of 11hrs 30min 51secs has stood since 197...

  • Crossing the Antarctic with a herd of nerds
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Mr Mear will set off on a 1,657-mile journey, starting at the Wendell Sea to cross the Antarctic, alone and unaided, towing a 450-pound sledge, his progress aided by a giant kite harnessing the wild winds. If he succeeds, he will be the first man to ...

  • Free radical among Tories
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    The divorce Bill has been approved by the Cabinet, but it is a safe bet that in their speaking engagements this weekend ministers will not be including passionate defences of Lord Mackay's measure as a flagship of the 1995-6 legislative programme. Se...

  • LETTER : Victims of violence
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: The Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill is under threat because providing protection to unmarried victims of violence is thought by a few Tory MPs to undermine marriage. If there are no adequate remedies for those who are not married, they w...

  • LETTER : Perfect viewing of a total eclipse
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: The people of India will be happy (or not, depending on their point of view) to learn that Tuesday's solar eclipse is not in fact the last one that they will enjoy this century. That of 11 August 1999 will be total in north India towards sunset,...

  • After Yeltsin: how will Russia react?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Even if Boris Yeltsin recovers from his latest bout of heart trouble, he will now be under intense pressure to step aside. His inner circle seems likely to conclude that he is so enfeebled, both physically and politically, that the time has come to a...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Here are some important additions to your list of the first 10 years of BSE (25 October): 1981: The Government removed the guidelines, in place for years, on the recycling of dead sheep for feeding to cattle. The agrifeed industry immediately re...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham's article on BSE and its unproven link to Creutzfeldt- Jakob Disease in humans ("Warning: some statistics can drive you mad", 25 October) provided a clear and sensible analysis of the information relating to what remains an exceedin...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: "Why should we worry about 'mad cow' disease when the incidence among vicars is higher than among farmers?" Peter Popham reports that there is a statistical excess of cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in cattle farmers compared with the g...

  • LETTER : Does BSE in the Sunday joint cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease?
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham's report about BSE briefly brings to light the fact that zoos gave scrapie-infected feed to their animals. This begs the dreaded question - did the several antelope species bred by London Zoo and released into the Middle East and Af...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Anyone who is arrogant doesn't believe he is arrogant. I admit one or two of my friends probably think I am, but I don't - Jonathan Dimbleby, journalist and broadcaster. News stories are, of course, alarmist and we should play on people's fears .... ...

  • LETTER : In search of our greatest athlete
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: Is it correct to assume that the term "athlete" is restricted to a competitor of track and field athletics? The Magazine article on Linford Christie (21 October) suggested that Mr Christie is the greatest athlete this country has ever produced, ...

  • LETTER : Perfect viewing of a total eclipse
    Saturday, 28 October 1995

    Sir: I read with interest your articles about the recent total eclipse in India, because I was lucky enough to see one under perfect conditions in February 1953 in the northern Sudan. It was at 11am and, in February, clear skies were so guaranteed th...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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