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Wednesday, 22 November 1995

  • LETTER:Ecstasy and Prozac: the facts
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: In his letter yesterday (21 November), Robin Prior claims that "Prozac is the recreational drug of choice for many people". There is not a shred of evidence for this statement and if anyone did take it for that reason, they would be greatly disa...

  • LETTER:Broth? It's not so simple ...
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: Christine Smith is right to point out the virtues of broth to people on benefit (letter, 16 November). However, as well as basic ingredients, there are other requirements: for instance, the know-how to make it, now that cookery is not taught in ...

  • Small Budget here, great debate elsewhere
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    There is nothing wrong with this sort of analysis. Indeed, in the short- term it is the sensible way to see the exercise: as a series of political judgements, with the person making them having to balance conflicting objectives. The most obvious such...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Grand designs for Greenwich
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    This is a responsibility that has not been effectively discharged in the case of County Hall. As I look across from the House of Commons, I see one of the most notable buildings of the 20th century empty and forlorn. I would have kept it as the headq...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:From Di-vorce to Di-plomacy
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    We have come a long way from "Gotcha" - the Sun's headline when British troops sank the Argentine ship General Belgrano. Thirteen years after Britain and Argentina went to war over the Falklands, relations between the two countries have gradually bee...

  • LETTER:Monstrous slur
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: I have never smoked a cigar in my life, let alone been asked to become a founder member of the Havana Club (David Lister's Diary, 21 November). Neither do I wear a monocle, drink from pint glasses or harass waitresses. Not all lesbians do, you k...

  • LETTER:Windsors with winning ways
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: For once, I believe, you have got it wrong in your leader today ("The Windsors cannot win", 21 November). Around here, at least, there is pity for the ex-Sloane Ranger with a persecution mania and we are glad that she has found a role visiting t...

  • LETTER:The right price to pay to visit the V&A
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: I am almost 80 years old now. When I was a young boy, I lived in Bow, in the East End of London. On some Saturdays, or during the school holidays, I could sometimes coax 2d or 3d from my mother and with it take a return ticket on the train from ...

  • LETTER:Not in our league
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: I scan the school league tables, published today (21 November), with scepticism and irritation. I work as a teacher in the London borough of Southwark, albeit in the College of Further Education. I also run English classes for recently arrived r...

  • The ghost in the Tory machine
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Five years on, there is no monument to Baroness Thatcher. She herself lives on in London and in aeroplanes, an unquiet ghost, a presence rumoured, not seen or heard. She doesn't speak freely to her nation, but privately and for cash to conclaves of r...

  • LETTER:Drugs and crime
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: I am grateful to the press secretary of the Ministry of Defence (letter, 20 November) for pointing out that in his recent speech to the leaders of the armed forces, Michael Portillo did not refer to "inner- city crime" specifically, for I would ...

  • Letters (with a lot of flannel)
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: In all the fuss surrounding the re-emergence of Beatlemania, I am surprised no one has mentioned the fanatical interest that the late John Lennon had in cricket. It is little realised that he was an obsessive Lancashire supporter, and hated to t...

  • LETTER:Holy vegetables!
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: While God may, indeed, be a vegetarian in the early part of Genesis, it would appear to be merely a phase, as with so many other youngsters, that He was going through. By Chapter 15, He is encouraging Abram to cut various animals in half, and by...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The lessons of Cromwell Street
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    But in the here and now, there are some serious questions to be asked. How could so many murders have taken place over such a long period of time without anyone blowing the whistle? How is it possible that the police and social services could have se...

  • computer games: Jane Austen hits a home run
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Finding a complete list of Jane Austen's neologisms is not one of the easiest things to do with the OED. I first had to create a file of all the Austen, Jane citations (all 1,093 of them), then whittle it down to manageable size by asking for words t...

  • LETTER:Ecstasy and Prozac: the facts
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: As a young person of 17, I feel I must reply to Nanette Bramwell (letter, 15 November) who states that it is not parents who need to be informed about drugs, but teenagers such as myself. She writes that the emotive appeal of Mr and Mrs Betts wa...

  • LETTER:The right price to pay to visit the V&A
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Ilminster Sir: There is clearly some confusion about where the V&A stands on admission charges, following your report of 16 November ("V&A director wants pounds 10 admission fee"). That report quoted, out of context, remarks made by Dr Alan B...

  • LETTER:Windsors with winning ways
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: The Treason Act 1351 (which is still in force) provides that: If a man do violate the King's companion, or the King's eldest daughter unmarried or the wife [of] the King's eldest son and heir ... it is to be judged understood, that in the cases ...

  • LETTER:The right price to pay to visit the V&A
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: The director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Dr Alan Borg, informs us that "affordability" is not an issue in deciding whether, and at what level, to introduce compulsory charges for admission ("V&A director attacks 'silly' donations", ...

  • LETTER:Windsors with winning ways
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir; Surely we have had enough of Ms Windsor and her relatives. Time was when the Independent eschewed the regal soap opera - please return to your former policy. Yours for a republic, Alex Henney London, N6

  • LETTER:The right price to pay to visit the V&A
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Sir: The answer to the wish of Peter Forster (letter, 18 November) to be able to make frequent but short visits to museums in the face of high admission charges is surely quite simple - that is, a season ticket. I have one for the National Museum of ...

  • numbers the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Now "William Shakespeare" is an anagram of "Here was I, like a psalm", and if we turn to Psalm 46, the 46th word is "shake" and the 46th word from the end is "spear". Spooky isn't it? (Found in Soul Searching by Nicholas Humphrey.) Mixed doubles: The...

  • chess
    Thursday, 23 November 1995

    Fide has yet to organise its own world title match between Karpov and Kamsky. And the winner of that match will play a unifying match with the PCA champion, Garry Kasparov. The lack of activity on the Karpov-Kamsky front has led to severe recriminati...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Fair and firm on immigration
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Applications to the UK in relation to other EU countries have risen sharply over the past few years and unless something is done now it is projected that this country will be receiving applications at the rate of about 100,000 by the end of the centu...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: There is life after royal marriage
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    The Princess of Wales's interview for Panorama made clear that their relationship fell apart a long time ago. Infidelity, counsellors know, is usually enough to destroy a marriage for ever. But the royal couple went further, conspiring in their broad...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Since the juxtaposition of two prime-time television programmes on Monday night - Panorama and Cracker, wouldn't the public have been better served by an interview of the Princess of Wales by "Fitz"? Yours faithfully, M. Robertson Nailsworth, Gl...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Cold comfort in Bosnia's peace
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    As the first snowflakes of a bitter winter fall on the Balkans, it may just be that its inhabitants are witnessing the end of four years of conflict. It is a war that has shamed Europe. From 1991 to the present day, the scourges of mass murder, ethni...

  • LETTER: Picnic in the dunes
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: I for one feel insulted by the remark about troops panicking on the beach at Dunkirk, in Robert Winder's article about Enid Blyton ("Noddy's off to Treasure Island", 18 November). I was on that beach for several days and was one of the last to b...

  • ...the monarchy must quit its infantile fairyland
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    The latest MORI poll shows more people (55 per cent) think the country would be better off, or no different, without a monarchy; only 40 per cent think the country would be worse off. It seems unlikely the Princess of Wales's interview will have done...

  • LETTER: Freedom to limit animal suffering
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Your article on genetic engineering, "Is this the work of man or nature?" (20 November) asks if there are any limits to what people can, and should, do to animals to further human ends. There certainly are, and I think they can best be defined b...

  • Elementary, my dear Highness
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    "You may laugh, Watson," he once said to me, "but that little lady has more power in her crooked little finger than the Queen has in the whole of the Household Cavalry." "There is a word for that sort of power," I said stiffly. Holmes laughed. "Could...

  • LETTER: Why Labour's tax plans are a fair deal
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: The Institute for Fiscal Studies argues that Labour's long-term ambition to cut the starting rate of income tax to 10p in the pound is not the most progressive way to cut income tax ("Brown's 10p tax scheme attacked", 21 November). But the insti...

  • LETTER: National treasure
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Is it a sign of the times that the National Trust, having recently declined the opportunity to acquire the home of Charles Darwin, has just announced that it is to purchase that of Paul McCartney? Yours sincerely, Robert Banks Durham

  • LETTER: MEP employers
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Carole Tongue MEP is right to criticise major UK employers in being negative about European employment reform, including maternity leave, (letter, 20 November). However, one can add that the employment practices of some MEPs themselves sometimes...

  • The tale of Diana's revenge
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Those anonymous Carlist MPs who want her divorced, demoted to Duchess and packed off to California - traditional bolt-hole for disgraced English aristocrats - speak for the instincts of Buckingham Palace and the Establishment generally. It would be s...

  • LETTER: No peace yet in Northern Ireland
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Jack O'Sullivan's useful article ("Will they ever get round that table?" 17 November) unfortunately omits a central issue that corrodes community confidence in the bona fides of the paramilitary organisations and their political wings: continuin...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: The Princess of Wales's Panorama interview revealed much by what she rather carefully didn't say: in particular, the extent to which the advisers to the Royal Household are affected by certain petty jealousy, are locked in the past, frown on nov...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: One of the most powerful tactics used in negotiating is "nuisance value". The confident performance and candid responses of the Princess of Wales in her Panorama interview must rank among the most delightfully subtle, yet devastatingly effective...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Apropos current discussions on the rights and wrongs of intruding into the private and public lives of British citizens, it is worth reflecting on the opinion of that great Englishman William Cobbett (1763-1835), who said: No man has a right to ...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: I thought your analysis of the Charles/Di situation brilliant but I do not think you give Charles enough credibility regarding the common touch. I know personally how much help he has given to very humble, ordinary people to get started in busin...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: There could be a neat solution to the difficulties currently facing the Royal Family: a solution that could have far-reaching implications for international security. With her interest in the diplomatic life, her concern about being misperceived...

  • LETTER: 'Great communicator' fights for sanity and has the Royal Household on toast
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Sir: Nicholas Soames MP, "close friend of Prince Charles", speaking on television last night, and on Radio 4 this morning, was clear proof of Diana's point that Prince Charles's friends had systematically portrayed her as mad and unstable. He as much...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Then as now, drunkenness leads to obscene language and various sorts of assault, often against policemen. In 1913, a man and a woman get spells of hard labour for this most common of offences. They would probably have spent their time picking oakum i...

  • bridge
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Playing with his usual partner, Eric Rodwell, Meckstroth ended in Seven Hearts, a slightly inferior contract to the grand slam in spades. I shall not give their "modified Precision Club" auction because it was (a) too long and (b) incomprehensible. W...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Meanwhile, back in Serbia, we have had the sanctions-busting extravaganza of the Fischer-Spassky rematch in 1992, and a regular series of top-class tournaments in Belgrade. The Investbanka tournament currently in progress has attracted an impressivel...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 22 November 1995

    Brown paint makers, with the decision by Thorntons confectioners to paint their shopfronts in a chocolate colour in an attempt to boost sales. The current grey-and- pink colour scheme will be replaced by a shade technically described as burnt sienna....

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