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Wednesday, 1 November 1995

  • LETTER:John Lloyd has forgotten his South African past
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: John Lloyd gave evidence in court against his friends. The judge in the case against John Harris said of Mr Lloyd, "whether here or abroad he must sooner or later face his comrades". In fact, John Lloyd has not had to face his "comrades". There ...

  • LETTER:Sad prophecy for failed school
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: As a former pupil of Hackney Downs School ("Failed school to be shut down", 1 November), I remember well my last day there in September 1967. It was, arguably, the beginning of the end. With a few friends, I had called in to say goodbye to the s...

  • ANOTHER VIEW:The generous gift of life
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    those couples with their children in the street, if I should say: 'What is it I can't buy that you possess and got for free, complete, something that I'd give the world to own, and with the world to give, still could not own?' " Roger Frith's poem on...

  • LETTER:Numerous injustices at the trial of Nigerian playwright
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: I was appalled to hear yesterday that the military government of Nigeria has sentenced five members of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop) to death. Ken Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues from Mosop have been involved in a peacef...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Nigeria's deadly poker game
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Ken Saro-Wiwa is an environmental activist and leading campaigner for the rights of the Ogoni people. When four supporters of the Nigerian government were murdered in May 1994, Saro-Wiwa was one of the first to be rounded up. According to Amnesty Int...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Regina versus the politicians
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Then there is Lord Nolan, the judge brought in by the Prime Minister to calm public anxiety about the ethics of MPs. A rebellion inside the Tory party now threatens the proposed Nolan rule book. Meanwhile Sir Richard Scott sits polishing his long-del...

  • Why the minnows are making a splash
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    We would have seen a new Francophone nation within the North American community. We would discover whether it was possible to run an efficient small country alongside one medium-sized and one giant one. Quebec would have been a Norway or a Denmark. C...

  • Prescribe me a poem, Dr Keats
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    He was, after all, a medical gentleman. He had not, I think, finished his training, but I know many doctors who are called doctor who have not yet finished their training, and no one looks askance at them. The fact of the matter is that it would neve...

  • LETTER:The battle of Guy Fawkes
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: Last night, I stood on my doorstep and listened to the sound of a major gun-battle taking place in the streets around me. It has been the same every night for the past two or three weeks. I can close my eyes and imagine that I am in Sarajevo. Th...

  • LETTER:Hand signals
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: The only problem with Peter Barnett's otherwise admirable suggestion of motorists signalling a gun towards the temple (Letters, 30 October) is that it can be misconstrued as meaning "you should be shot". It must be remembered that enraged motori...

  • LETTER:Christmas chaos
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: In cancelling Christmas (Diary, 31 October), the postgraduates of Newnham may not be aware of what they could be stirring. In 1647, the Mayor of Canterbury, acting on a parliamentary decree, ordered that "Christmas Day and all other superstitiou...

  • A House of better repute
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    This is why the unsavoury revelations of recent years and the sleaze mania were such a bad business, good for newspaper sales but awful for Westminster. It's why the attempt by the Nolan committee and now MPs to clean up the palace is not trivial, or...

  • The fast lane beckons for meals on wheels
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    When he became a widower, George, who lives in south London, not only had to cope with the grief, he also had a very practical worry: he had to learn how to look after himself. Often the energy required to shop and cook was more than he could muster,...

  • True gripes: Hairdressers
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Hairdressers are the most boring people in the world, capable of discoursing at length upon an infinite range of mind-numbingly dull subjects. Pets, politics, holidays, kitchen appliances - you name it, hairdressers have an enormous amount to say abo...

  • Chess
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Everyone else who is anyone is there, and the results so far are a triumph for the younger generation, with Vassily Ivan-chuk and Vladimir Kramnik a long way ahead of the field. After nine rounds the scores are: Ivanchuk 6; Kramnik 51/2; Short, Kaspa...

  • Numbers: The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Two is the number of fingers required for a rude gesture; also: Gentlemen of Verona; Heads that are better than one; Left feet for clumsiness; Short planks needed to measure stupidity; Sides to every question (according to Protagoras); Wrongs that do...

  • LETTER:Numerous injustices at the trial of Nigerian playwright
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: You report today on your front page the death sentence handed out to the writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and his co-defendants by a "special tribunal" in Nigeria ("Playwright sentenced to death", 31 October). In March of this year, I went to Port Harcourt ...

  • LETTER:John Lloyd has forgotten his South African past
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Sir: There is a single issue for the Labour Party and the electors in Exeter in the affair of the Labour candidate, John Lloyd: has Mr Lloyd been candid with them? The point is: he was not candid, and still is not. Maritz van den Berg and Ron Press (...

  • Yesterday was...
    Thursday, 2 November 1995

    Northerners, with a survey conducted at railway stations in London, Newcastle and York, claiming that people from the north are more that 50 per cent more likely to laugh at a joke than those from the south. The survey was described as "only slightly...

  • 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...

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