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Tuesday, 31 October 1995

  • Is it so funny to buy the accoutrements of an oppressive force?
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    In southern Ireland I once bought a light-bulb the filament of which was a flickering crucifix. I bought it as an icon of kitsch. That made me slightly uneasy since I was patronising the simple style and faith of the peasant mentality. Who is to say ...

  • LETTER:Quebec's political conundrum
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: It is clear from Alex Salmond's views on the referendum in Quebec (Another View: "Choose wisely, Quebec", 30 October) that he misunderstands the nature of the British state. First, it is not a nation-state, it is a multi-national state and has b...

  • LEADING ARTICLES: Body Shop gets sick of the City
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Yet our heroes are decidedly disgruntled with the British stock market. Anita is rumoured to be planning to haul the Body Shop, peppermint foot lotion, warts and all, away from the City and put it back into private ownership. In 1988, after only 18 m...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Orphans of a dead school
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Yesterday, Gillian Shephard's "hit squad" - Hackney Downs Education Association - delivered the death blow, recommending that from next term the school should be abandoned and its teachers made redundant after two decades of decline that soured a cen...

  • LETTER:Wondering out loud can cause reefer madness
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: The debate about the legal status of drugs is in danger of being hijacked for moral and political capital, rather than contributing to an effective response to growing drug problems. The key issue is that the effectiveness of current laws remain...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Don't forget Birmingham
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    I understand that the reason given for turning down our high-quality bid was because the Birmingham site is in a green belt area. A public inquiry would be needed and it was felt that it was far from certain whether it would result in Birmingham's fa...

  • LETTER:Mobile hazards
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: In your article "Car phones may affect brakes and steering" (30 October), it was nowhere stated, or even hinted, that driving while using a hands-on portable phone is reckoned by the police to be dangerous - although not explicitly banned by any...

  • Sorry Reynard, it's a human right to hunt
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    As the hounds' breath steams in the brisk autumn air and the MFH drains his stirrup cup, unspeakable old England is on the hoof again, galloping across the country, in the scenes that grace the plastic table-mats of a thousand country pubs. Some 20,0...

  • LETTER:Case for the Child Support Agency
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: Earl Russell (Letters, 20 October) is having some difficulty in accepting that in 1994/95 the Child Support Agency saved taxpayers pounds 479m that would otherwise have been paid in social security benefits, so I must answer the points he raised...

  • London deserves to get lucky
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    As the capital city, London is the focus of attention from other countries around the world. It is the centre not just of national government, but of finance, the arts and entertainment. The capital's reputation as a centre of excellence for its spor...

  • LETTER:Marital tips
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: Emma Tennant's advice ("Dear Darcy and Elizabeth", 30 October) is amusing but superfluous. In Chapter 61, Jane Austen tells her readers something about life after the weddings. For example, Elizabeth does tease her husband and Georgina experienc...

  • LETTER:Ms Greer and the virginal student
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: Thank you Germaine Greer ("Young, free, virginal and not a dork", 27 October) for making me realise that I am not alone. In a world increasingly dominated by sex, I always feel slightly isolated in not leading a life centred around the subject. ...

  • LETTER: Challenge of Antarctica
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: Charles Arthur has obviously not understood the role the Internet is playing in Roger Mear's attempt to be the first person to walk across Antarctica alone and without support ("Crossing the Antarctic with a herd of nerds", 28 October). This epi...

  • Ode to mud and sodden bonfires
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Actually, there never was any such study. I made that up. But it doesn't undercut my basic point, which is that today's junior hospital doctors don't have time to produce great poetry. I challenge you to name one junior hospital doctor currently writ...

  • LETTER:UN responsibility
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: Everyone should be held accountable for not doing a job properly. In daily life, failure to perform one's duties can often lead to the sack. By a similar token, what can we expect from the UN following the revelation that Lieutenant-General Bern...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Kasparov's loss to Ivanchuk saw the world champion unable to find an effective plan against his opponent's halloween ploy of hiding under a blanket of pawns and creeping forward with ghostly stealth. All the pieces stayed on the board for 20 moves, a...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Kim Kay Perisie, who, despite facing a prison sentence of up to 25 years for offering a man $500 to kill her husband, is still in love with him, and he with her. "Love is a state of insanity anyway," claimed Stephen Perisie, who won $3m on the lotter...

  • LETTER:Wondering out loud can cause reefer madness
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: How strong and robust is our political system when a member of the Shadow Cabinet cannot even ask a question, let alone give an opinion ("Short says sorry as Blair reads riot act", 31 October)? Clare Short was wondering out loud, in the most ten...

  • LETTER:Ms Greer and the virginal student
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: I have been unable to stop laughing ever since I read Germaine Greer's column last Friday. I cannot get out of my head the vision of a panic- stricken, newly qualified, young and gauche physician, totally unprepared by any of his teachers in the...

  • LETTER:Quebec's political conundrum
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: It was outrageous and irresponsible for you to lead your readers to believe that I would have voted for the secession of Quebec from Canada had I had a vote in Quebec's referendum yesterday (report, 31 October). You spliced a quote from a speech...

  • LETTER:Wondering out loud can cause reefer madness
    Wednesday, 1 November 1995

    Sir: Michael Howard may have been very satisfied to hear that David Steel's son was imprisoned for nine months for growing some cannabis plants for himself and his friends. Perhaps we shall soon see people jailed for smoking cannabis to relieve the d...

  • 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...

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