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Tuesday, 14 November 1995

  • bridge
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    East opened One Spade and, after two passes, North faced a problem. He had to re-open, but was it better to double or to bid One No-Trump? He chose well when he doubled. Now East should have taken some action. One No-Trump would probably have silence...

  • LETTER:Philosophising about the rights of animals
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Sir: Peter Singer's views have done much to advance thinking on our duties towards animals and to make the major medical research charities carefully consider the ethics involved in using animals in medical and veterinary research. It is tragic, cons...

  • Death row delay breached prisoner's rights
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    The execution of a man after a substantial and unjustifiable period of delay in the disposal of his appeal was contrary to his rights under the constitution of Trinidad and Tobago. The Privy Council allowed an appeal by the appellant, Lincoln Guerra,...

  • LETTER:Shop-soiled
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    and Ms Brenda Ellis Sir: We were so sorry to read about what a distressing time Germaine Greer had at Sainsbury's (10 November), beset as she was with so many disabled people and women with small children who clearly had no business being out. It see...

  • LETTER:Drug warnings on television
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Sir: I cried as I listened to Paul and Janet Betts on the television last night as they talked about the tragedy that had befallen their daughter after taking an Ecstasy pill. The message was powerful and emotive and I am sure every parent watching w...

  • OBITUARY:Slobodan Selenic
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    His chief preoccupation concerned the coming to power of the Communists in 1945 and their destruction of the economic, political and cultural life of his country. Describing the fabric of Serbian society before the Second World War he painted a pictu...

  • Can Emma win an Oscar?
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Give up? It's a short story by Woody Allen called The Kugelmass Episode, in which a middle-aged angst-ridden New York Jew called Kugelmass is transported by magic into Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary and has an affair with silly, empty-headed Emma Bov...

  • OBITUARY:Elspeth Davie
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    She was born in Scotland and, though she spent her earliest days in southern England and lived for a time in Ireland, in Scotland she remained. She went to school and university in Edinburgh, and also attended the Edinburgh College of Art (she taught...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Mad cows and ministries
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Action was not taken then because it was too expensive. By 1993, the cost was estimated at pounds 30bn by the editor of Nature. Now we apparently cannot afford to take action, and yet we cannot afford not to. Surely the cost of cleaning up our cattle...

  • LETTER:PCC complaint
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Sir: I will not anticipate any possible conclusions that Lord Wakeham, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, may reach about newspaper reporting of the Rosemary West trial - and in particular the issue of payments allegedly made to witnesses. ...

  • It's good to talk, Mr Major
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Dialogue, and dialogue alone, has brought us to where we are now, to the absence of violence on our streets. Dialogue is also the road to lasting stability, a stability which can only be based on agreement between our divided people. By definition, a...

  • LETTER:Competitiveness the European way
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Sir: There is much in Hamish McRae's analysis ("Wall Street looks the other way", 9 November) that one can agree with. US competitiveness is rising, new service industries being formed without any obvious rivals and new opportunities and jobs created...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The pounds 2bn question
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    This is an appalling admission. At a time when most countries are struggling to hold down public spending to meet the demands of the Maastricht treaty, such profligacy damages the EU's reputation and is manna to the union's many ill-wishers. So who i...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Parenting and pornography
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    In one corner the moralists bemoan the "tide of filth" waiting to overwhelm the country if Swedish "TV Erotica", available to subscribers with smart- card technology, is allowed to reach into British households. For this lobby any explicit sexuality ...

  • LETTER:Better deal for asylum-seekers
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Sir: Your editorial "Nigeria: the price of timidity" (13 November) is to be welcomed; what price the timidity of the Secretary of State and the Home Office in the treatment of asylum-seekers from Nigeria now? I, like any lawyer acting for asylum-seek...

  • I suffer the moral panic that I may have planted dreadful seeds in my children's psyches
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    One of the men had two massive gold rings on each of his hands. Round his neck were several gold chains, and a gold bracelet burdened a wrist. He had a palid face, and those hard little eyes - simultaneously vacant and vicious - which worry the law-a...

  • LETTER:Philosophising about the rights of animals
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Sir: As a lifelong opponent of all animal abuse, I have always maintained that when the day comes and we are close to making a significant impact on the general consciousness and behaviour patterns, then the movement will be infiltrated by those who ...

  • LETTER:Bog standard
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Sir: Ruth Picardie's article "P!$$ed off" (13 November) implied British Standard 6465 might be Cr&p. BS 6465 Part I would recommend not five cubicles for 250 women visiting a cinema, but eight (60 per cent more), and not 12 cubicles per 250 men b...

  • Professor Ernest Gellner
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    He was probably the first philosopher - after the Berber medieval philosopher and historian Ibn Khaldun, whom he greatly admired - to understand what a "segmentary lineage system" is. He applied this model of uncentralised politics, drawn from E.E. E...

  • OBITUARY:Sir James Darling
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    He was also a great Victorian in another sense. Like Shaftesbury, like Gladstone, like his own early mentor William Temple, he carried his Christianity into every area of life, whether public or private. It had not, however, come easily. His natural ...

  • A pinch of soil: the final frontier
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    The thought is shocking to a generation brought up to believe that space was the final frontier. Suddenly, we discover, the earth beneath our feet is an alien planet. The shock has created a new anxiety. Extinction is, after all, for ever. David Atte...

  • LETTER:Overcrowded jails: the facts
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Sir: The reason why the country's jails are at bursting point ("Crisis looms as jails run out of space", 14 November) is a harsher climate in the courts, fanned by the Home Secretary's aggressive advocacy of more prison sentences. As a result, the pr...

  • LETTER:Philosophising about the rights of animals
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Sir: May I please defend Peter Singer from the assertion that he "invented animal rights" ("A moral life in this godless world", 13 November). The concept of animal rights goes back 200 years, to writers such as Thomas Young. Singer avoids the use of...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    The idea of offering a piece with h4 to open the h-file in such positions is far from new. Kasparov must have known that 12...Ng4! and 13...e5 would give the necessary breathing space to create counterplay while the white queen slides in front of her...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 15 November 1995

    Superstitious Chinese, who are to be allowed, by the Taipei city government, to delete the number "4" from street addresses because it sounds very similar to the word for death. A bad day for: Jose Luis Fernandez Rivas, accused in Spain of treating 1...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    When Kramnik won game one, then, in game two, reached an apparently impregnable position with rook, knight, bishop and two pawns against queen, knight and one pawn, it looked all over, but Kasparov bamboozled him with some tricky queen moves as both ...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Rugby players, with the news that the Osaka police rugby side will jog alongside President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam at next weekend's APEC summit. Japanese security men, apparently, could not run fast enough. A bad day for: Ke...

  • LETTER :The `tough' approach to youth unemployment
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: If "new" Labour is to be "forced labour", it might consider using imprisonment as a sanction rather than withdrawal of benefits. Imprisonment, unlike withdrawal of benefits, is subject to the legal requirement of due process, and this would give...

  • backgammon
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    A rollout involves playing the game out to a conclusion from the given position a number of times and logging the results. Normally at least 36 rollouts are performed, and the first move for the side on roll is rotated through the 36 possible rolls o...

  • LETTER : A woman's place in the supermarket
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: My mentally-handicapped daughter and I feel very guilty that we may contribute to delaying Germaine Greer when she goes shopping in Sainsbury's. I am sure that women with children, and pensioners, will have just the same reactions. Of course, sh...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The agony of Ecstasy
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    But what should be done about Ecstasy? It is a class "A" drug, bracketed with heroin and cocaine. Suppliers face jail and anyone caught using it can expect a criminal record. Many people, horrified by this most recent tragedy, will now call for a cra...

  • No speech like an old speech
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    There were good things in my speech but I didn't get it really right, and Clement Freud, a fellow-speaker, leant over to me afterwards and said: "If you'll take my advice, Miles, you won't bother to make up a speech every time. Just have one very goo...

  • LETTER : The Zoo and BSE
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Hazel Lye's letter (25 October) asks whether animals bred by London Zoo and released into the Middle East and Africa could be contaminated with BSE. This is an issue which we take very seriously, particularly as misinformation on the subject can...

  • LETTER : Of cabbages and future kings
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: In his kind report of my Booker speech in Saturday's Independent, John Walsh said I had described British culture as a "vegetating catastrophe". This is not so. What I said was that a French writer (Celine) had once described Russia in that perc...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The CBI's place in the middle
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    The CBI cannot afford to offend the government in power, not only because ministers still have their hands on the levers that matter but also because an influential body of members quite clearly wants its organisation to take sides, by acknowledging ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Why Shell should stay put
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    First, did the "discreet diplomacy" of President Mandela and others fail? Perhaps we should ask instead whether the worldwide protests failed. Our experience suggests that this kind of diplomacy offered the best hope for Ken Saro-Wiwa. But as worldwi...

  • LETTER :The `tough' approach to youth unemployment
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: You are right to support Labour's proposals to cope with youth unemployment. The proposals are similar to the Community Programme from the Eighties, which was real job creation, with unreasonable pay levels, not necessarily at full rates, but hi...

  • The evil at the heart of Nigeria
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    I want justice for the Ogoni people. I want self-determination for the Ogoni people. I want autonomy for the Ogoni people. This means that Ogoni political affairs will be run by Ogoni people. Ogoni economic resources will be used for the development ...

  • Tony Blair's new moral imperative
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    In his biography of Blair, my colleague John Rentoul describes the Labour leader's philosophy as social moralism. Some Labour MPs and left-wing opinion-formers have ruder epithets for what they regard as a wild and worrying lurch into moral-majority ...

  • LETTER : Dodging his duty
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Colin Powell has managed to maintain a highly favourable image in the press, at home and abroad. But I think the time has come to find fault with him. He could have done so much good. But instead of sacrificing himself, he has sacrificed the cau...

  • site unseen: Charles Dickens's Swiss Chalet, Rochester
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    All wrong. In fact the correct answer is Rochester, which should be one of those places that everyone visits and enjoys several times in their lifetime - but isn't. Perhaps this is not a bad thing. A stroll down the High Street remains a joyous and u...

  • LETTER : Criticism ignores Unison's skills
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Your editorial about the election of Rodney Bickerstaffe as general scretary of Unison displayed a lack of understanding of developments in the trade union movement. As a socialist and member of Militant Labour, I have come to expect attacks fro...

  • LETTER : A woman's place in the supermarket
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: As someone whose life has been influenced by the writing of Germaine Greer, I was rather surprised to read her article ("Never glad confident Sainsbury's again", 10 November). In it, the woman who so fiercely championed women's rights in The Fem...

  • LETTER : A woman's place in the supermarket
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Three cheers for Germaine Greer for voicing opinions about Sainsbury's with which I wholeheartedly agree. Our local Sainsbury's began life innocently enough in the 1980s, being cautiously welcomed by residents. But with a toe-hold in the neighbo...

  • LETTER : Criticism ignores Unison's skills
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Your scathing criticism of Unison (Who's afraid of Rodney?, 8 November) is wholly unjustified. To suggest that Rodney Bickerstaffe - and by extension Unison - is "a leader of the old school, a product of declining culture" is not borne out by an...

  • LETTER :The `tough' approach to youth unemployment
    Tuesday, 14 November 1995

    Sir: Your endorsement of Gordon Brown's "tough" approach towards the young unemployed ("Labour gets it right on jobs", 10 November) is misconceived, as is the shadow Chancellor's decision to undermine the overall value of his proposals by linking Lab...

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