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Wednesday, 29 November 1995

  • A Kalashnikov in every cupboard
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    How the IRA of 1918-21 bought, captured or stole the weapon will never be known. But it had passed into the hands of an Irish family and remained with them throughout the subsequent war in which Michael Collins died for the Provisional government of ...

  • Leading Article: The Clinton peace process
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    There was no way that John Major and the Irish premier, John Bruton, could reasonably explain to the US President why, after 15 months of peace, all-party talks had not yet begun. And Britain, ever anxious to emphasise its sovereignty over Northern I...

  • Leading Article: A teacher's lot must be made a happy one
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    The message from much of the media is that teachers are idle incompetents whose holidays are too long and whose views are too trendy. Recently, Chris Woodhead, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, has joined in, berating teachers for the methods...

  • Letter: Hiding behind right to silence
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: The judgment by the Court of Appeal in the Guinness fraud trial (Law Report; "Guinness defendants' appeals dismissed", 28 November) will no doubt bring a sigh of relief from the newly created Environment Agency and the green lobby. The relief ma...

  • Letter: The conflict in Northern Ireland: origins and solutions
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: "The Catholic Church remains absolutely central to Ireland's sense of itself as a nation" - so writes Conor Gearty ("When church and state divorce", 27 November). He thereby implicitly denies that a million Ulster Protestants can ever truly be r...

  • Countdown to glad tidings
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    It's one of those things that was probably invented somewhere snowy, like Germany or Sweden, where you open one window excitedly every day before Christmas and there's a picture of a robin inside, and you say to your crestfallen children, "Well, perh...

  • Budget travel
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    The pounds 3.2bn reduction in government expenditure is welcome and although I hoped for more, it indicates our resolve to power the burgeoning cost of government. Furthermore, the lowering of taxes is very welcome and fully in line with Conservative...

  • What have they done to Hillary?
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    The first question was, who were the other 23 selected "prominent women"? Some had no trouble earning the sobriquet - Lady Blackstone, the Labour baroness without whom no conference or committee is ever complete; Gillian Shephard, the most senior wom...

  • Letter: Listed buildings are not for ever
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: The listing of buildings is not a way of freezing the past, as stated by Peter Popham ("Be listed, be damned", 27 November). It provides a degree of protection to certain buildings by requiring a bureaucratic procedure prior to any substantial c...

  • Letter: Council vs counsel
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Whatever the statistics may be concerning litigation in civil courts (letters, 27 November), the fact is that claims against local authorities have risen dramatically in the past 10 years, as Polly Toynbee correctly reported (24 November). Yours...

  • Letter: Is honesty always the best policy?
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Does honesty really pay? My 21-year-old daughter graduated this year and is busy job hunting in London. After three years as an undergraduate and five months unemployed she has a cash flow problem. Two months ago, she picked up a discarded envel...

  • Letter: Throw open the closet, then take it apart
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: If it were not for the fact that (as proved by your survey) sexual inclination is generally irrelevant to one's professional life, I would say that I was looking forward to your "survey of lesbians influential in Britain today" - which, I trust,...

  • True gripes / Restaurant charges
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    The Earl of Bradford has introduced a Private Member's bill to outlaw what he regards as a sneaky practice of automatic but optional service charges. According to our survey of some of the best London restaurants it's a practice which is spreading fa...

  • Genetics / Would you Adam and Eve it?
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Well it's all far from being as simple as it might seem. Suppose, for example, that Eve married two different chaps, Shem and Ham, say, and had one child from each liaison. And suppose that Shem and Ham were both sons of a chap called Noah, but with ...

  • Numbers
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Thirty is a number closely connected to newspapers, for in the 1920s and 1930s, a "Newspaper" was underworld slang for a prison sentence of 30 days. Thirty years is, according to the journal Nature in 1883, "the extreme limit of hippopotamian existen...

  • Chess
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Karpov was then able to dominate the chess world for a decade, and Kasparov for the decade after him. From 1975 until 1995, they were the only two great players around. However, there is nothing like a fading champion to encourage a new generation, a...

  • Letter: The conflict in Northern Ireland: origins and solutions
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: My experience as an "Irish American" in Britain has only confirmed and established the love and respect for Great Britain and the British that brought me to these islands to do my research years ago at Oxford. But it leaves me in the following q...

  • Letter: The conflict in Northern Ireland: origins and solutions
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr ascribes the conflict in Northern Ireland to "the long decades of Protestant ascendancy, bigotry and discrimination". He does not seem to have noticed that it was only last week that the Irish Republic voted, by the narrowest of marg...

  • Letter: The conflict in Northern Ireland: origins and solutions
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr's article "In Ireland, no war is still good news" (28 November), pointing out the benefits that peace has brought to Northern Ireland, is very welcome. But even Mr Marr slips into unnecessary pessimism by accepting the argument that ...

  • Letter: Throw open the closet, then take it apart
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: "Revealed: the 40 most influential gay men in Britain" (Section Two, 27 November) was neither revealing nor can the selection be taken seriously. Nearly all of the men concerned were already well known to be gay, so what has been revealed? Some ...

  • Letter: Throw open the closet, then take it apart
    Thursday, 30 November 1995

    Sir: Monday was the 25th anniversary of the first Gay Liberation Front public demonstration against homophobic injustice. In those days - even after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which I had helped to pilot on to the Statute book - homosexuals were s...

  • Leading Article: Clinton shows true leadership
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    The chief virtue of Mr Clinton's speech was that it recognised how much is at stake for the United States in Bosnia. It is not just a matter of the need to implement the peace agreement recently negotiated in Dayton, Ohio, though clearly the Clinton ...

  • Leading Article: Welcome to the world of Jesus plc
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    The Turnbull report into church governance, which the General Synod will discuss this week, addresses some real problems. There is no doubt of that. The Church Commissioners, under the hapless Sir Douglas Lovelock, lost pounds 800m - a third of churc...

  • Cliches aren't what they used to be
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    "She's different from everybody else in the world," stammered Robert ecstatically. "You simply couldn't describe her. No one could!" His mother continued to darn his socks and made no comment. Only William, his younger brother, showed interest. "How'...

  • Letter: Church put too much faith in commercialism
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    Sir: Bryan Appleyard's attack on the Church of England (28 November) attempts to distinguish between "fundamentalist evangelism" and "New Ageism", but things are not so simple. Both kinds of religion existed in Christianity from the start and have ap...

  • Letter: Fast forward on asylum cases
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    Sir: May I clear up the confusion apparent in the report "Howard names 'white list' " (24 November) by Heather Mills? The short procedure we have been piloting since May simply involves giving asylum applicants an early interview and a deadline for s...

  • Letter: French lesson
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    Sir: Mary Dejevsky ("Warning of new French revolution", 25 November) makes it clear that republican France is not a country at ease with itself. For almost 100 years after the revolution of 1789, France was a monarchy of one form or another, and sinc...

  • Letter: In a muddle over Rupert Bear
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    Sir: The opening paragraph of David Brazier's article about Rupert Bear ("Rupert loses his bearings", 24 November), which links the decline of the economy and the British Empire, the low esteem of politicians and the collapse of the Royal Family with...

  • Letter: Incentives for inventiveness
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    Sir: Kevin Watkins ("Whose property is life?", 20 November) is right to highlight the question of genetic engineering as one for public debate. But it should not be confused, as Mr Watkins seems to do, with the issue of patenting biological invention...

  • Letter: Steroid squeeze
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    Sir: Jim White is wrong to propagate the myth that body-builders have "fuller G-strings" ("Running on the road to nowhere", 25 November). Now that many body builders (allegedly) take anabolic steroids, side effects dictate that the reverse is often t...

  • Letter: At the heart of healthy eating
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    Sir: In presenting the introduction of low-fat foods as some kind of marketing gimmick ("Too good to be true?", 24 November), Sarah Edghill has ignored one of the main drivers of this trend - namely the Government's Health of the Nation target to red...

  • yesterday was
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    insecticide investors, with the news that the poisonous redback spider, common in Australia, has been sighted several times in Osaka, Japan. On the Tokyo stock market, shares in Fumakilla surged forwards before anyone was even bitten.

  • If you're jobless the unemployment rate is 100 per cent
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    It was clearly time to reread Hard Times, with its anti-hero, Thomas Gradgrind, the businessman in Coketown, who turned out to be even more telling a figure than I recalled. You probably remember that he adored statistics, but couldn't see the people...

  • Letter: Church put too much faith in commercialism
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    Sir: Bryan Appleyard ("A church in psychedelic chaos", 28 November) is right to place the Nine O'Clock Service in the context of the church's decline. He is wrong to suggest that the "bourgeois backwoods" is the only alternative. On Wednesday, Genera...

  • Letter: Church put too much faith in commercialism
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    Sir: One important lesson the Church of England might learn from recent events surrounding the Nine O'clock Service in Sheffield is that the adoption by church authorities of commercial criteria and business methods has its dangers. The Bishop of She...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    1.Kc7, 2.Kd6, 3.Kd5, 4.Ke4, 5.Kf3, 6.Kg3, 7.Nf3, 8.Rd5, 9.Nf5, 10.N5xd4, 11.Nb5, 12.Qc5, 13.g1=B, 14.Be3, 15.Bxd2, 16.Ba5, 17.d2, 18.d1=Q, 19.Qh1, 20.Qxh6, 21.Qh3, 22.Kh4!! Half of those moves look utterly pointless, but the idea is now revealed: a p...

  • bridge
    Wednesday, 29 November 1995

    North 4A K 10 8 !K Q 9 5 2 #K 4 2 22 West East 45 4J 9 7 6 3 !A J !10 8 6 4 #Q 9 8 7 3 #J 5 2A K 10 9 7 26 5 South 4Q 4 2 !7 3 #A 10 6 2Q J 8 4 3 There was the possibility of a distinctly unusual avoidance play on this deal. Declarer missed it, and a...

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