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Thursday, 23 November 1995

  • LETTER:Paean to dirges
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: Why is Andy Gill so waspish in his review ("Money can buy you love", 22 November) of the Beatles Anthology and, in particular, the single "Free as a Bird"? Considering the three surviving Beatles and the record producer Jeff Lynne were working f...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Let students pay - it's only fair
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    This is a serious situation, but the answer is not for the Government to give higher grants. It currently pays tuition fees for each student as well as providing means-tested grants. So students on a three-year course are picking up a subsidy from th...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Ireland must vote for the future
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    The Irish Republic is a young and dynamic society which now sees itself as European. Old notions of Irishness based on Roman Catholicism, republicanism and twee romanticism are being rethought. It has an increasingly successful economy and a left-win...

  • LETTER:Patents that may save lives
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: Your contributors to the Oncomouse patent debate (reports, 20 November) seem to miss a couple of fundamental points about the patent system: 1. A patent does not allow any person to make or use the patented invention. All it does is to enable th...

  • LETTER:Two 'entities' cannot make one peace
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: The Bosnian peace agreement is a bad one because it provides international recognition of an "entity" - "Republika Srpska" [the Serb republic in Bosnia] - which can exist only because of the systematic ethnic cleansing of at least half its popul...

  • LETTER:'Misguided' Asylum Bill
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: Nirj Deva, MP, is quite wrong when he states that "most [asylum] applicants arrive from the troubled countries of Eastern Europe, Romania, Russia, Poland and Yugoslavia" ("Another View; "Fair and firm on immigration", 22 November). In 1995 to da...

  • LETTER:We will not accept monster turbines
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: C. B. Moynihan (ex-Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy) writes that "The power output of the average wind turbine is set to double in the next few years", but he does not say why. The reason is that the latest turbine proposals are...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Victim of a dogmatic law
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Somewhere in the Government there sits a group of men from privileged backgrounds, who leapt straight from Eton and Oxbridge into positions of power that gave them the right to make rules and regulations for the ordinary man who worries seriously abo...

  • LETTER:Persecuted? Yah, rather
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: I enjoyed Mary Braid's article (20 November) on the sufferings of those who speak with regional accents, but there was one glaring omission: no reference to the way innocent speakers of RP (Received Pronunciation) are accused of being "stuck up"...

  • A case of cheap vodka at the Bar
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Counsel: Could the defendant tell the court his name? Briggs: Yes, I could. Counsel: Then pray do so. Briggs: My name is John Lilias Briggs. Counsel: And, on the 14th of July last, did you enter the shop known as Hateways and proceed to the check-out...

  • Watch out! There's a victim about
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sharon Wood is outraged by the invasion of her privacy. It was frightening, she felt harassed and she feared her children were about to be kidnapped. I called her to ask what her response was to this intrusion. She is suing the local authority for co...

  • LETTER:When God came to dinner
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: Sister Millicent Olga should know better than to describe God as a vegetarian (Letters, 21 November). Abel, the shepherd, was preferred to Cain, the tiller of the soil. And when God came to dinner, Abraham killed the fatted calf (Genesis 18:7). ...

  • God help the Princesses of Wales
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Things didn't start too badly for Princesses of Wales. Edward, Prince of Wales, aka the Black Prince, married Joan Countess, aka the Fair Maid of Kent, when he was 31. Princess Joan had caused something of a scandal before she caught the prince's eye...

  • LETTER:Tips are accepted with gratitude
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: While I entirely agree that it is iniquitous for restaurants to mislead customers, no one is obliged to eat in them and those who object to what they have to pay can vote with their feet ("Restaurants 'should abolish tipping' ", 22 November). Li...

  • LETTER:Know the way out
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: One way of administering a museum admission charge (Letters, 23 November) would be to make it refundable if visitors, on departure, could correctly answer a few simple questions on the exhibits. This would reward the diligent visitor and provide...

  • LETTER:Two 'entities' cannot make one peace
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: While I am delighted that there is a prospect of normal life returning for a great many of the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina, I find myself feeling uncomfortable with the Dayton plan ("Dayton deal holds seeds of own destruction", 23 November). Pe...

  • LETTER:Patents that may save lives
    Friday, 24 November 1995

    Sir: One of the key issues not covered in the outcry over patenting of life forms ("Government gave animal patents", 21 November) is that of need. In addition to the ethical and moral concerns, surely patents should be considered on the issue of whet...

  • 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...

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