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Sunday, 19 November 1995

  • LETTER: Men have responsibilities in family life
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: Why is the urge to have a large family still so strong in this country that even when a mother cannot feed herself or her children properly, it still does not occur to her to avoid further pregnancies (report, 14 November)? In Italy, where we us...

  • Creativity: ideas, thoughts, notions for a thesaurus
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    John Dyke says there's not much you can do with a thesaurus except dig it up and carbon date it. Some claim, he maintains, that it was a French tea-drinking lizard (thesaurus), others that it was the generic dinosaur (the-saurus). Send it back to the...

  • Off with her talking head!
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    It really does not matter much what his estranged wife says in her interview on Panorama, which will be broadcast tonight. The mere fact that the Princess of Wales chose to organise this public appearance without any consultation with Her Majesty the...

  • No taxation without explanation
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    The Government has also laid out its long-term tax ambitions in recent months: the abolition of Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax at a cost of at least pounds 4.5bn by the end of the century. Labour's approach to taxation will be guided by four p...

  • LETTER: Churchill's papers
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: I would like to put the record straight about the precise ownership of the Churchill Papers ("Dream machine that seduced a nation", 13 November). As we emphasised at the time of the announcement, the Government-owned official or state papers wit...

  • LETTER: Building a police state in Britain
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: Christopher Bellamy reports (17 November) a speech by Michael Portillo, Secretary of State for Defence, to top military and civil servants in which he painted a grave picture of future "inner-city crime", which may call for the Armed Forces of t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Gordon Brown's early Christmas
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    In political terms, this is a bold move from the Shadow Chancellor. He achieves, at a stroke, a number of goals. Mr Brown has stolen the Tories' tax-cutting clothes, while at the same time making a gesture to Labour concerns of cutting unemployment a...

  • LETTER: Nigeria: failure to learn from the Biafran war
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: I am a small shareholder in Shell, until last week dumbly unaware of the fact, and also a protester against President Abacha's treatment of those who oppose his regime. I have unwittingly got blood on my hands. I would like to sell, but will it ...

  • LETTER: What price noise and air pollution?
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: Reports of the Department of Transport's efforts to put a precise price on environmental issues as diverse as noise, air pollution and landscape degradation ("Minister aims to put a price on tranquillity", 14 November) give a depressing indicati...

  • It was a right royal message
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    In other words, I imagine that the sort of people who like to go to see Ayckbourn plays are also the sort of people who would not want to miss the Princess of Wales pouring her heart out on Panorama. It is a matter of complete indifference to me, of ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Whose property is life?
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    The rise of the biotechnology industry over the past two decades has provided the impetus behind the change. Powerful pharmaceutical and agro- chemical companies have argued that without intellectual property protection they have no incentive to inve...

  • LETTER: Dual entry for universities
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: A-level grade predictions are currently made up to a year before students take the examinations, and require that teachers choose from seven possible grades. Anyone who works with sixth-formers knows how volatile the performances of this age gro...

  • LETTER: Family planning helps Third World
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: I much appreciate Emma Brooker's report on our conversation ("Sex, libel and eugenics", 17 November). But there was one point where she over- simplified what I said. As the issue is important, I would like to explain. I said that the family plan...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: No absolution for war crimes
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    More than 50 men have been indicted on war crimes charges by the UN tribunal in the Hague.Only one is in custody. Two of them, the Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, and the military commander, General Ratko Mladic, have been charged with genocid...

  • Chess
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Curiously, those two, with their silly names, have left in the shade another brilliant Anderssen victory, which surpasses them in quality, if not in flashiness. Here is the game that is Anderssen's greatest win of all, which I hereby propose should b...

  • This is the week that was
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    1906: Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Royce decide to go into partnership. 1970: The ten-shilling note goes out of circulation. 1979: Sir Anthony Blunt is stripped of his knighthood. 21 November: 1783: Jean de Rosier and the Marquis d'Arlandes ma...

  • LETTER: Nigeria: failure to learn from the Biafran war
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: It is disingenuous of Shell to inform us that revenues from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Project will not start flowing until early next century (advertisement, 17 November). The facts of Nigerian life are that, even assuming the oil compa...

  • LETTER: Men have responsibilities in family life
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: British society is not renowned for its great affection for women and children. They are invariably the butt of a patriarchal morality. Andrew Marr's article ("Tony Blair's new moral imperative", l4 November) is a welcome reminder to the upper e...

  • LETTER: Nigeria: failure to learn from the Biafran war
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: Nigeria is glutted with arms and has no war on its hands. The arms embargo, therefore, has to be a political joke. Had that embargo been imposed 27 years ago in defence of Biafra, it would have made sense; but the craven Commonwealth of those da...

  • LETTER: Dual entry for universities
    Monday, 20 November 1995

    Sir: Regarding your article "Universities devise new entry system" (17 November), they need to. Not only are the majority of A-level predictions wrong, but admissions tutors are forced to play an absurd guessing game of precisely matching target figu...

  • LETTER : Lone-parent benefit is too old
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    In Britain lone parents can claim until the youngest child reaches the age of 16. This policy is a hangover from the early years of the welfare state when most mothers of young children did not work. That policy aimed to enable lone parents, like oth...

  • LETTER : Fox hunters are hooligans 'Respectable' rural hooligans
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    My own grounds for opposition, which I suspect are shared by many other local residents, revolve precisely around issues of law and order. Every hunt season here brings with it the usual appalling litany of reported cases involving wanton trespassing...

  • LETTER : The future through Apple's eyes is rosy, not rotten
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    1 Apple has gained market share since Windows '95. 2 Macintosh is gaining developers; 3,500 attended Apple's developer conference this year. 3 Worldwide, Apple is number one supplier in education, two in home and three in business. 4 Apple has superi...

  • LETTER : Starvation is not inevitable: are we prepared to stop it?
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Rodney L Warrington Chester

  • LETTER : The truth about castrati
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Geoffrey Taunton Portsmouth, Hants

  • LETTER : Time for GPs to speak out
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    As a mother I wish to carry on exercising my rights in relation to my choice of health care. That means not only being able to choose my GP but also choosing to refuse vaccination for my children because I believe that there are healthier alternative...

  • LETTER : Still on a high from Oasis Oasis are best since Beatles
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    "Maybe I was the only person who was disappointed by last Sunday's pedestrianism," he writes. I'm sure he was. I am still on a high, and the concert was over a week ago! Every time Oasis are mentioned at school, on the radio, anywhere, I immediately ...

  • LETTER : Arctic tramp
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    How, then, can he justify removing himself and his family from their natural socio-economic environment to deliberately impinge upon the life system of a wilderness in which they merely play a transient role? Especially when this involvement includes...

  • LETTER : Pay restraint
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    l pay rises must be earned through increased productivity l relativity arguments are not acceptable l catching-up exercises are unacceptable l no increases if the number of applicants exceeds vacancies l no permanent-type conditions of employment for...

  • LETTER : DRAWING FOR STUDENTS
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Tim Shelley Maidenhead, Berkshire

  • LETTER : CONSCRIPTION
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Hugh David, London SW8

  • LETTER : JOHN MAJOR SHOULD GO
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Edward Greening, London E1

  • LETTER : COCAINE
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Dr Tony Thomas London NW6

  • LETTER : Starvation is not inevitable: are we prepared to stop it?
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    The answer is not a reversal of the Common Agricultural Policy reforms designed to reduce Europe's surpluses. These reforms were an important first step in the right direction. If we over-produce, we dump our subsidised excess on world markets and we...

  • LETTER : Starvation is not inevitable: are we prepared to stop it?
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Famine is never the result of food shortage. The issue is whether or not people have access to the food that does exist. The 8 billion people expected by 2020 could be fed, even given the trends Mr Lean reports. However, it is increasingly difficult ...

  • LETTER : The truth about castrati
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    A castrato was capable of coitus, but not insemination - hence in part the popularity of castrati as lovers. The case she quotes may have been due to Tenducci's having recessed testicles which had not properly dropped. As I understand it, such recess...

  • Di's story previewed ... Fab Four fables ... skittish Britt lights up
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    n BBRRNNGG! My telephone rings, as it will. It is Ms Una Tributable, my political correspondent, with her weekly update on the solecisms in this political thriller on television, The Final Cut. Something about Tory MPs never dressing on the right aft...

  • Shaken, stirred, but alive
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Sexist, children. These are words, concepts even, that have never featured in a Bond film before. Honor Blackman did not wrestle with Sean Connery in Goldfinger to tell him she was keen to start a family. Nor did she consider there was anything wrong...

  • When choice is more than the difference between nut clusters and coffee creams
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Does it? Or is the choice - like the Arbeit - the sort which leaves you a great deal less free than before? I never liked the word, even before it colonised British politics. Perhaps because it reminded me visually of "chocs" - suggesting two plump f...

  • The revolution is happening and it's down at Raquel's
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Taking Ecstasy five years ago defined you. It made you somehow other - in your attachment to just the right trainers, your commitment to obscure records, your touching belief in the spiritual possibilities of a whacking great rave. You were, in the a...

  • words : Ecstasy
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    The word, from the Greek existanai, "to put out of place", was used from the 14th century onwards of people who were out of their minds, or as we say, beside themselves, whether with joy or despair; its downside seems for some centuries to have been ...

  • Three cheers for Enid Blyton
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    I'm doing it all over again now with my six-year-old, Jacob, and the pleasure is just as certain and intense. We've just started Five Have Plenty of Fun, and over the past 18 months we've got hooked on the adventures of Enid Blyton's Famous Five. The...

  • After-dinner games at Schloss Windsor
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    From an historic point of view, nothing could be further from the truth than these smears. I should know, as I stayed with the Windsors - Edward, Wallis and their little daughter Barbara, who went on to enjoy considerable success as a comedienne - in...

  • Heseltine may be a mangy old lion but he could still roar
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    There is really no sense in requiring the present Queen to utter a pack of lies, preceded by a lot of business conducted by Black Rod and succeeded by a variety of silly walks. Lord Mackay, who has a more euphonious voice than Her Majesty, could do t...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : It's just showbiz
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    There was a time when both the BBC and the monarchy remained aloof from show business. If anything, the Royals have moved faster than the BBC. Only a generation ago, film of the Duke of Edinburgh grilling sausages was enough to create a national sens...

  • Against the tide of change
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    These words carried the same air of authority, and the same implicit threat of hell-fire and damnation, that used to characterise the pronouncements of senior churchmen in Ireland in the Fifties and Sixties. But they drew a response that did not belo...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 19 November 1995

    Ken Wiwa, son of executed Nigerian campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa These are truly scenes from hell, written on the darkest pages of history. Bosnia war crimes indictment The Government's determination to use the Queen's Speech to flush out Labour is the fi...

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