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Tuesday, 3 October 1995

  • LETTER:How to prevent tragedy and return Nigeria to democracy
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: David Orr's interesting article ("Nigeria waits for dictator to speak", 29 September) states that "the Commonwealth human rights commission recently called for Nigeria's expulsion from the Commonwealth when heads of government meet in New Zealan...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Naturally enough, the Trust's centenary has produced its fair crop of criticisms, many of which I instinctively share. Or, rather I did, until I listened to the Trust more attentively. Never mind, then, that it offers a nostalgic nation a bolt-hole f...

  • LETTER:Drawbacks of the metric system
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: What about hens? When must they stop laying in half dozens? Yours faithfully, Ian Duke Thames Ditton, Surrey 2 October

  • LETTER:How to prevent tragedy and return Nigeria to democracy
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: It is hoped that no one is surprised or encouraged by anything that General Sani Abacha had to say in his Nigerian Independence Day anniversary speech. Nigeria is a complex country, of this there is no doubt. It took a transition plan of eight y...

  • Chess
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    With seven games left to play, Anand now trails by two points and, with Kasparov needing only to tie the match to retain his title, the Indian's task looks almost impossible. The latest game was by far his worst of the match. Kasparov played the same...

  • LETTER:Drawbacks of the metric system
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Whether we want it or not, we are going to be saddled with the metric system. However, Tom Wilkie ("Drop your feet and use your fingers," 30 September), in trying to persuade us that it is a Good Thing, perhaps unwittingly blows the gaff when he...

  • LETTER:Art of invention
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: The caption to David Ekserdijian's article "The art of lying" (23 September) refers to Bruno Hat as a "non-existent artist". Although Hat was the invention of Brian Howard, Evelyn Waugh and Harold Acton, the highly accomplished rope paintings at...

  • Virtual reality of TV justice
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Simpson himself was, of course, a star already - an American football hero and movie actor. And that was the point. Here was a man whose place in the American consciousness was so well defined that his trial had to be a show trial. Here was a hero wh...

  • LETTER:How to prevent tragedy and return Nigeria to democracy
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: On the 35th anniversary of Nigeria's independence from British colonial rule, we would like to add our voice to the growing call for increased pressure on the Nigerian military government to listen to the demands of its people and end the cycle ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Can Labour find the promised land?
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    The requirement was for a speech that combined vision, compelling analysis of the country's problems and a credible indication of the policies that will effect the change the country needs. Mr Blair's Christian social democratic vision was powerfully...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Calvary of Catholic Ireland
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    To the priesthood the Irish people gave a very special trust and loyalty. These were men sprung from a peasant order - and, by virtue of their celibacy, immune from the dynastic temptations of placing their sons in positions of power and marrying the...

  • Deeply fried, deeply satisfied
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    It certainly isn't because I want to eat one - I can't really face a Mars bar cru, and the thought of the warm gloop of the interior doesn't exactly tease the palate. In texture I guess it would be something like a toffee-flavoured oyster. But there ...

  • LETTER:Home truths
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Your article on the dilemmas facing those who are to decide on the fate of the tower blocks of the Sixties asks for readers' comments ("Brutalist, original, but a slum," 2 October). By all means preserve the Brutalist monuments. But, at the same...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Nicole's killer is still free
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Many will shake their heads at the verdict, believing that justice has signally failed to be done. They may wonder what - short of video evidence - it would have taken to convict Simpson of the killings. Such feelings must be tempered by two consider...

  • LETTER:Leap in value
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Perhaps the German finance minister, Theo Waigel, expects a lively currency, as the Euro is a variety of small kangaroo. Yours truly, E. M. Noyes Gomshall, Surrey 2 October

  • LETTER:Monumental error
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: In your article "On the banks of the Thames, a 40-foot bust of Churchill" (20 September), it is stated that the Churchill Society has supported the erection of a monumental-sized sculpture of a bust of Sir Winston Churchill on the South Bank of ...

  • LETTER:Tell the truth in Parliament
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Your front-page story ("Secrets of the MPs who help lobbyists," 3 October) is not a balanced account of what I said at a conference on Monday and, subsequently, to your Westminster correspondent Chris Blackhurst. After the conference he asked me...

  • LETTER:High price of Indian reforms
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Sir: Tim McGirk rightly attributes ("India turns its back on Western ways", 29 September) the slowing down of India's economic reforms to the climate of xenophobia generated by nationalist politicians. However, it is pointless to blame the opposition...

  • Wired up and baring his soul
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    To say that his vision of newness is tinged with nostalgia is not to sneer at it. What was wrong with Wilson wasn't his language but that he betrayed his words by his actions in power. Revisionist history has demolished the icon of Kennedy, reducing ...

  • True gripes: Unsolicited receipts
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Oh, how things have changed. Now it seems that the simple task of spending money necessitates the purchase of a receipt. Okay, if I buy a new shirt and pay cash, rather than with a credit card, then I would like to have a receipt just in case I decid...

  • Meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 4 October 1995

    Last of the Bobs The annual Bobfest - a convention in Avon, Colorado, for relatives and friends of men named Bob - is no more. Tom Britz, organiser of the event, told the town council he is tired of running it, and the council voted against taking it...

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Bill Cash's alternative leader on the topic of the European Court of Human Rights perfectly illustrates the need for that court - and, indeed, for the Convention on Human Rights to be incorporated into our domestic law. When he complains about a...

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: The High Court ruling that Michael Howard acted unlawfully in setting the parole review of five IRA prisoners will come as no surprise to prisoners or their lawyers. Earlier this year the European Commission on Human Rights had already decided t...

  • LETTERS: Fallacies of the publishing market
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Germaine Greer's onslaught on Oxford and Cambridge University Presses ("Away with price-fixing - and on with VAT!", 29 September) shows that she has fallen victim to the fallacy that everything can be done by the principles of the market. Univer...

  • backgammon
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    The first step is to calculate the pip count for both sides. A player's pip count is the number of pips on the dice he must throw in order to bear all his checkers into his home board and then off the board. It is simply calculated by multiplying the...

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Colin Brown's article "Britain could quit convention" (29 September) confirms my understanding that some of Her Majesty's ministers only have respect for the law when it enables them to carry out their political policies; when the law gets in th...

  • And for his next trick ...
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Gordon Brown's policy proposals, outlined over the past few days, attempt to fill this gap. As of yesterday, Labour now has a list of programmes to help the under 25s and the long-term unemployed to find work. Sure, it will cost a lot; at least a bil...

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Tim Willcocks (letter, 30 September), in his assertion that IRA members had to "be prepared for the consequences" of fighting a war with Britain, is either being extremely naive or wilful. Never in the 25 years of the conflict did the British ar...

  • The wall comes down in Ireland
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Seen together these developments highlight an extraordinary phenomenon: the crumbling of a rigid social and political order that has held back the chances of reconciliation between the island's communities. Until relatively recently the grip of the C...

  • No security for the jailer
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Just as with electronic tagging and prison privatisation, the Government's reported enthusiasm for a British Alcatraz is another sign of the obsession with American law and order fads. Supermax prisons are all the rage in the US and it seems one or t...

  • LETTERS: Too brutal
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Your article ("Brutalist, original, but a slum", 2 October) about Keeling House is seriously misleading. The building is structurally sound. It requires restoration, when it will then provide some 60 homes with a life expectancy of at least 60 y...

  • LETTERS: Poetry outside the arts establishment
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Contrary to John Walsh's remarks (Diary, 28 September), there is nothing patronising about blowing the London Poetry Marathon's publicity budget on paying 50 people who are unemployed pounds 10 (not pounds 50, as stated by Mr Walsh) for reciting...

  • LETTERS: Fallacies of the publishing market
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Whatever the rights and wrongs of the collapse of the Net Book Agreement, I am becoming increasingly irritated and depressed by the view that seems to be gaining currency in your pages that books are "ridiculously" cheap to manufacture, the impl...

  • One Germany, no momentum
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    There lies the rub. Five years precisely into its newly acquired unity, Germany seems like a country still unable to define what is happening to it within and without. This is not really astonishing considering the traumatic event in 1989, the fall o...

  • Are we sitting too comfortably?
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    A government report leaked to journalists over the weekend spells it out: the percentage of obese people in Britain has doubled since 1980, and is predicted to increase by another 50 per cent within a decade. By 2005, it says, a quarter of all Britis...

  • site unseen Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross, London
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Take the area to the north of St Pancras and King's Cross railway stations. If you say that you actually enjoy walking around this neighbourhood, then most people promptly write you off as a drug addict or a prostitute. But there is as much to relish...

  • true gripes whistling
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    My dad has never been a violent man, but I knew how he felt. I was only a kid at the time, but the guy was bugging me, too. It was about 3 o'clock and he'd been out, whistling, in his garden since early morning. He must have gone through the Jonathan...

  • LETTERS: EU's future: Labour's view
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: The National Executive Committee's report The Future of the European Union, which is to be debated at the Labour Party conference on Tuesday morning, is undoubtedly the most pro-European document ever to be published by the party. It proposes a ...

  • A clear song from the shadow chancellor
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    He suffered the indignity of national lampoon after using the phrase "endogenous growth theory". The mocking laughter wasn't confined to enemies; in the Labour family, too, he had come to be seen as a frozen politician, gagged by his own caution. Fin...

  • LETTERS: Thalidomide facts
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: Roger Jones of Penn Pharmaceuticals (Magazine: "The return of thalidomide", 23 September) may well have spotted a lucrative niche market for his company's product but, as a commentator on the thalidomide parents' settlement with Distillers in th...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Varying at move five from the line that had led him to a crushing defeat in game 10, Anand secured a sound, but slightly inferior position from the opening. When queens were exchanged at move 21, White's control of the b-file gave him some advantage....

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Benito Mussolini, with the revelation by his son that the Italian dictator was a great fan of Mickey Mouse, considered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs a masterpiece, and sang Disney songs to his children. He had discussed Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse...

  • LETTERS: Human rights, British politicians and the European Court
    Tuesday, 3 October 1995

    Sir: From the 1950s, acceptance of the European Convention on Human Rights has been regarded as necessary to qualify for membership of the Council of Europe, whose statute Britain helped to draft. In recent years acceptance of the jurisdiction of the...

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