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  • chess
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Starting with only two points from his first four games, Howell suddenly came to life in the second half of the tournament - in complete contrast to the early leader, Christa Hartman, who was in the lead with 31/2 out of 5, but did not add to that sc...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    1905: Aspirin goes on sale in Britain. 1938: Orson Welles's radio production of War of the Worlds causes general panic and one death through heart failure. 1988: The Rev Sun Myung Moon marries 6,516 couples at a mass wed-in in Seoul. 31 October: 1888...

  • LETTER:EU will soon have a uniform approach to asylum-seekers
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: This firm currently represents more than 100 Algerian asylum seekers. Their fears of persecution if they return to their native land appear to us to be broadly genuine so as to bring them within the terms of the well-founded fear of persecution ...

  • Diary
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    The morrow revealed evidence that what the plunderers had been up to was taking the swag into the kitchen with a view to removing it via the back gate, but having discovered that that was impregnable, they had had to confine themselves to that which ...

  • It's good to talk to Her Majesty
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Queen: Hello? Operator: Hello. Is that Queen Isabella II? Queen: No. It's Queen Elizabeth II. Operator: I'm sorry. My mistake. Here in South America we have only the name Isabella, not Elizabeth. Queen: South America? You are calling from South Ameri...

  • LETTER:Equal prescription charge for everyone
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: Following the latest European Court decision on age discrimination in relation to pensioners' prescription charges, we as pensioners would, even at this stage, urge the Government to be brave and take this opportunity to remove our exemption. In...

  • LETTER:EU will soon have a uniform approach to asylum-seekers
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr ("Let's leave race out of immigration policy", 26 October) points out the hypocrisies and contradictions of British immigration policy. However, the press has made a contribution to the problem by its failure to inform the public of ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Our empty pledge to Srebrenica
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    They had been told they would be protected. Who could have failed to trust the guarantors of their safety? The promise was made in 1993 by the United Nations Security Council and underwritten by four leading powers: the United States, Russia, Britain...

  • LETTER:Help for victims of domestic violence
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: We are horrified by the behaviour of a small group of Conservative backbench MPs regarding the Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill. This Bill was first drafted by the Law Commission some years ago after research showed the existing system of...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Choose wisely, Quebec
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Quebec is a contemporary young society, especially when set alongside Scotland, which had many centuries of history as an independent state. It was only in 1759 that it came under English-speaking control. Most important, Quebec works as a real democ...

  • LETTER:Sauce for the goose
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: In "Young, free, virginal and not a dork" (27 October), Germaine Greer tells us all about a lift she gave to a young man, when, in her car, she cross-examined him about his sexual fantasies. She admits that she felt like "a dirty old woman in se...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: The discreet charm of the monarchy
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    However, telephone conversations are not so simple. You cannot just excuse yourself and go to the loo when there is an oddball on the other end of the line, especially when you think he is the Canadian premier. Such situations call for the discreet c...

  • The family: a battleground in fearful times
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Stripped down to essentials, the revolt against the Divorce Bill and the Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill is in both cases a revolt against the removal of opportunity to punish individuals who would avoid or escape marriage. It is not the Divo...

  • They were good lines, whatever they meant
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Larkin was a disappointed novelist. He wrote two excellent novels, so he shouldn't have been disappointed. Jill, his Oxford novel, is - despite the fact that Oxford doesn't have a campus - the first campus novel. But Larkin stalled on his third novel...

  • creativity : Jane Austen and the rasta porcupine
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    But it's corkscrews this week, so we'd better leave him there. Here is the definitive list of things to do with corkscrews: Home and Garden: Dressed in a napkin for impromptu puppet show at dinner parties (Ms Chris Wright). Epaulettes for wine-loving...

  • A secret member of the ERM?
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Were these goodies simply the result of taking off the Deutschmark strait- jacket? Not entirely, but I think the release from the ERM constraints was perhaps the most important cause of the sustained recovery since 1992. As an old opponent of the ERM...

  • LETTER:Driven to say how sorry we are
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: Many years ago I saw a solution to the problem expressed by Kate Rankin in her letter concerning how to signal that you are sorry (Letters, 28 October). In this particular instance, the owner of a Bentley had incorporated into the boot lid a sig...

  • LETTER:Met wants to be openly fair
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: I am accused by Mike Bennett, chairman of the Police Federation in London, of ignoring widespread sex discrimination and harassment of the Met's 6,000 women colleagues ("Police rank and file say Met is sexist", 27 October). This allegation is to...

  • LETTER:There are problems in the workplace
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: The association of working longer hours and stress ("Long- hours culture hitting productivity", 26 October), should not be taken at face value. The forthcoming "Attitudes to Work" survey by Canterbury Christ Church College indicates that 21 per ...

  • bridge
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    North 48 2 !A 9 8 7 6 #A 4 2Q 7 5 3 West East 4A 6 5 4 4Q J 9 7 3 !J 10 !K #K Q 10 9 5 #8 7 6 3 29 6 2K 10 8 South 4K 10 !Q 5 4 3 2 #J 2 2A J 4 2 "I think that I could have made that," was South's comment on this deal, "but I can't quite see where I ...

  • LETTER:Driven to say how sorry we are
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: Kate Rankin might like to use a simple signal to indicate "sorry", when she is driving, that I have seen a couple of times. One hand forms the shape of a pistol (thumb up, forefinger and second finger out straight, the other two curled into the ...

  • LETTER:Help for victims of domestic violence
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: You reported today that the Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill may be dropped by the Lord Chancellor ("Cabinet backs down on violence Bill", 27 October). If this happens then it will be difficult ever to take the Government seriously again ...

  • LETTER:EU will soon have a uniform approach to asylum-seekers
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: Some of your readers may have been surprised that a Home Secretary noted for his Euro-scepticism should seek to defend his aim of creating an asylum-free "white list" by claiming that "most European countries employ a similar form of control" ("...

  • LETTER:There are problems in the workplace
    Monday, 30 October 1995

    Sir: While your case study on working long hours highlighted the working day of the double- income couple, who "between them work an average of 100 hours a week and earn a six-figure salary", it did not mention the knock-on effect on their child's na...

  • LETTER: Swallowing the bitter pill of Toryspeak
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    What would Orwell have made of the statement made by the Government's Chief Medical Officer in defence of the precipitate warning about the Pill ("Pill scare saves NHS pounds 25m", 22 October)? As a human being he would have been appalled, as a write...

  • words
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    ASYLUM-SEEKERS, according to reports, are to be given a tough time by our politically sensitive Home Secretary, unless they can show that they're not from "white" countries - a confusing adjective, but that's by the way. What interests me is the choi...

  • Whatever happens to Quebec, the Tories will learn the wrong lesson from Quebec, like Scotland, only wants to play its part in the modern world
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    It may be that this time they really will vote for independence. The polls suggest so, but the polls suggested so before the previous referendum in 1980 and turned out to be wrong. This uncertainty has several causes. One is the rambling, ambiguous l...

  • Give them books, Mr Blair, not management games
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    In the event, the old slogans "It's time for a change" and "Give the other lot a chance" are likely to prove more persuasive than the traditional Tory cry, much mocked by Harold Wilson before 1964: "They haven't got the chaps." Still, there is someth...

  • The curious lack of knick-knacks on my mantelpiece
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    None of these are exactly what I'd call knick-knacks: no brass horse- shoes, china cart-horses or winsome porcelain infants. Maya Flick, on the other hand, whose household expenditure was revealed in a court case in London this week, apparently needs...

  • LETTER: Swallowing the bitter pill of Toryspeak
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Sue Gotts Kings Langley, Hertfordshire

  • LETTER: The CIA made a killing on modern art
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    After all, members of that wealthy class of Americans whose influence in the US government was most manifested in the CIA, not to mention CIA personnel themselves, were investors. Are we to believe that such an increase in value was merely a fortuito...

  • Was Virago too successful?
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    It is true that the bidders in the Virago sale - initially thought to be Bloomsbury, Little Brown and Random House - smack of corporate takeover and faceless suits. But in this case, the suits are more likely to be from Nicole Farhi or Agnes B, for t...

  • 'I do not condone terrorism'
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    The ANC leadership had effectively been put away by the Rivonia trial and their armed struggle was underground. We respected them but wanted to play our part. I was recruited by Hugh Lewin, one of the leaders of ARM and a journalist. I owed a lot to ...

  • Amour and avarice
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Two people, then, inhabited that spare figure with its doll-like head. An animated doll, round-cheeked, brown of skin, with bright, intelligent eyes, fine curls neatly tucked away. It is a shock to learn that a niece once saw the dark hair let down t...

  • An embrace of lost men
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Both are conservatives; both are struggling to hold down government spending; both must reckon with anti-European pressures; both profess themselves defenders of national sovereignty. They even share a certain gastronomic populism: for Mr Major's fry...

  • LETTER: CLEAN SHAVEN "TELEGRAPH" EDITORS
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Bron O'Brien, London N16

  • LETTER: LINDA McCARTNEY & VEGETARIANISM
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Jane Pennington, Brighton

  • LETTER: Merton's offers to Mabel Nash
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Merton assessed Mrs Nash in August when we were providing home care every morning, daytime and evening of the week. Mrs Nash expressed a preference for a residential home that charges more than the council normally pays. The family were willing to pa...

  • LETTER: Howard's way
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    One of the key passages of the Learmont Report reads: "Confusion of purpose within the Service is apparent in the area of performance standards and measures. The Corporate Plan, 1994-97, includes the Statement of Purpose, a Vision, five Values, six G...

  • LETTER: Salisbury NHS patients safe
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    You claimed that only private patients and those from GP fundholders are now getting routine operations in Salisbury. In fact, patients of non-fundholders are getting them too. You claimed that Salisbury Health Care has cancelled non-emergency surger...

  • Witty intercourse with the great Gore Vidal
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Yet one must forgive such a fine writer everything. The words "Arnold, Wallace" in the index to the aforesaid volume herald the following entry: "Youthful flirtation with GV, 25; Roars with appreciative laughter at GV's aphorisms, 25-27; secret role ...

  • Keats too lazy for Radio 4 ... lying over spilt milk ... wining women
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    The blissful cloud of summer- indolence Benumb'd my eyes; my pulse grew less and less. "It has an indolent feel," a BBC spokeswoman, who has clearly been dabbling in literary criticism, tells me. "And it could clash with a headline type delivery comi...

  • Give them enough rope and ... to hang themselves
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    "Goooood morning! Are you feeling motivated? Then let's say Wow together. WOOOWW! Wasn't that energising? (Buzz, give Mr Cunningham a little nudge, willya?). OK, this last session is to tie a few things up and review some of the work we've been doing...

  • LETTER: Buck stops here - or does it?
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Or is it? Does his general finding that, despite occasional Whitehall tinkering, ministers continue to involve themselves in an inordinate amount of detail, not simply confirm the view held by most civil servants from the outset, that the division be...

  • LETTER: CIVIL SERVICE UNION MEMBERSHIP
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Alexandra Cole DSTUS Secretary Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London SW1

  • LETTER: Accountability for all
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    To achieve this, the defining nature of the relationship management has with staff must be compatible with the nature of the relationship staff are expected to have with their clients or service users. If this congruence of style is perceived by ever...

  • LETTER: West End is alive and well
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    This week in London there are works by Pinter, Tennessee Williams, Priestley, Ibsen, Bolt, Sondheim, de Filippo, Congreve, Wilde, Shakespeare, Osborne, Albee, Ayckbourn, Hutchinson and Marber plus opera, ballet, musicals and Eddie Izzard. Where else ...

  • LETTER: ANTI ABORTION CAMPAIGNERS
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    Lawrence Sutton Orpington, Kent

  • LETTER: Buck stops here - or does it?
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    But the best public accountability would be achieved with direct election of agency senior managers. This would, after all, acknowledge their strong role in accountability procedures, as documented by Nick Cohen. Chris Lamb Midsomer Norton, Bath

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 29 October 1995

    David Sheppard, Bishop of Liverpool, on low-income Lottery players The House of Commons is surely the biggest village hall of them all. Trevor Taylor, producer of 'Gardeners' Question Time' on broadcasting the programme from Westminster There are one...

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