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Monday, 30 October 1995

  • Letter: The views of those who watch
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    British Standard BS4778 defines quality as the: totality of features and characteristics of a product or service which bear on its ability to satisfy a given need. Quality is thus not simply some private, unstated view of perfection. It is, by the re...

  • Leading Article: ... and why it's good to talk
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    This last doctrine - Short's Bane as it might be dubbed (see above) - seems to be deployed whenever there is the least sign of interesting and genuinely revealing political discussion breaking out in Britain. So keen are the parties to control the ag...

  • It's no grind for a seasoned cook
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    Shall I give you an example? The other day I was doing a recipe out of a book of hers, and came to the simple instruction: "Now add some black pepper - just give a few turns of the pepper mill into the saucepan and stir in." I picked up our pepper mi...

  • Letter: Sorry sight
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    Sir: Kate Rankin (letter, 28 October) is concerned about how to say sorry to another driver when she makes a mistake. I cross myself - a sure sign of penitence. Yours faithfully, Tony Kelly Oxford

  • Bringing academia to book
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    A number of critical incidents and growing anxiety have stimulated this concern about higher education. The vice-chancellor at the University of Huddersfield, who had lost the confidence of staff was offered a severance package of more than pounds 40...

  • Letter: South Africa's time to forgive
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    I was a friend of John Harris, the anti-apartheid activist who (as your story tells) was executed in Pretoria on 1 April 1965. After the explosion at Johannesburg station on 24 July 1964, I was among those arrested by the security police and held for...

  • Letter: Lesbians and women's issues
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    Ms Toynbee's second distortion is in suggesting that the major focus of the book is on lesbians and that their inclusion is unwarranted. The book in fact focuses on the experiences and responses of dying women, bereaved women and women carers, who in...

  • Letter: Let's be honest about the economics of trade
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    Sir James's excellent book The Trap shows that Sir Alan and himself are out of step on the fundamental questions of international economics. I chanced to read The Trap both in French (Le Piege) and English. For reasons best known to Sir James, his st...

  • Letter: Fares fair
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    When selling a railway system, we take the risk of the fares being raised, but I would prefer to have a comfortable service that is on time, rather than paying less and getting less, especially when I travel long distance. Yours faithfully, Nobuto Sa...

  • Letter: No profit from blood money
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    Plasma is frozen and most is sent to the Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) to be made into a range of blood products, including Factor VIII for haemophiliacs. These products are licensed pharmaceuticals and sold in competitive markets. BPL offers surplus...

  • A clear message from the margins
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    Partly this is because we have reached the pre-electoral stage of the cycle, when politicians who are preparing to face the country are therefore closed to debate or intellectual challenge. (Odd, but that's the way we do things here.) And it isn't he...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: I've been there, Clare
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    And with good reason. Clare Short airs her concerns, echoing the Liberal Democrats in calling for a serious review of our drugs laws, and instantly she is attacked by party colleagues and opponents alike. I've been there, Clare. Never a day passed du...

  • Leading Article: Short-circuiting the drugs debate
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    It is reasonably clear that the British public is not yet ready to legalise or decriminalise any of the drugs currently restricted by the Misuse of Drugs Act. A poll commissioned for the Independent and Channel 4 last spring suggested that six in 10 ...

  • site unseen The caryatids, St Pancras New Church, London
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    It is, therefore, easy to miss the fine church which stands diagonally across from Euston station. Large, imposing, and built in the Greek Revival style in the early 19th century, here is St Pancras New Church. Which immediately prompts the question,...

  • Letter: South Africa's time to forgive
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    Other far more extreme cases illustrate the attitude of the ANC. Dirk Coetzee was a member of a death squad that murdered anti-apartheid activists. He admitted his mistakes and became active in the struggle for the end of apartheid. The ANC welcomed ...

  • Letter: Let's be honest about the economics of trade
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    There are only two answers: Sir Alan's is to float the currency; the European Union's is to form a currency union that is too strong for the speculators. But we, of all people, should know the cost of floating. We have lost nine-tenths of the value o...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    Keene's book contains a greater variety of background material, but shows more signs of having been compiled in haste. King's experience as one of the official commentators at the match enables him to bring a greater immediacy to his comments, and a ...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    The Chinese, with the installation of more than 200 mobile toilets in Peking to ease the chronic shortage in downtown areas. Until now, there had been only three public lavatories in a mile stretch of the capital's busiest thoroughfare. A bad day for...

  • backgammon
    Tuesday, 31 October 1995

    Consider for example this position (Black is on roll). Would you double? If doubled would you take or pass? You develop your skill at backgammon by building a mental reference model. The beginner understands how to make points and how to hit shots, b...

  • 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: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: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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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: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 ...

  • 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: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 ...

  • 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 ...

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