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Wednesday, 8 November 1995

  • Leading Article: No interest in a cut
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    The trouble is that it is not just the politicians who want relief - economic voices for interest rate cuts are growing, too. The majority of the Treasury wise men believe interest rates could be cut a little in the next few months without too much r...

  • Letter: Business benefits of equality
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: Barrie Clement ("EOC admits cost of sex equality at work", 4 November) confuses the research on the economics of equal opportunities published by the Equal Opportunities Commission with the strongly developing business case for equality for empl...

  • The 12 Gore Vidals of Christmas
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Of course, when I say choosing presents for yourself, I do not mean choosing presents to give yourself. I mean being ready for the question: "So, what do you want for Christmas this year?" It is a serious question. Most people have not the faintest i...

  • Letter: Misleading figures on domestic abuse
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: Oliver Kamm's knowledge of violence against women (Letters, 3 November) appears somewhat limited. For research giving detailed analysis of the issues, including victim perspectives and some support for the "one in four" figure [one woman in four...

  • Letter: Art of drawing
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: I greatly enjoyed reading "Learning to look really hard" (7 November) in which David Hockney expressed a fear for the future of drawing, particularly in our art schools. I can assure Mr Hockney, from my experience of nearly 30 years of teaching ...

  • Letter: Danger of further ferry engine fires
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: Your coverage of the report into the fire on the cross-Channel ferry Sally Star ("Blaze on ferry `exposed failings in safety drill' ", 31 October) highlights the possibility of further ferry engine room fires if halon is misused. To be fully eff...

  • Wall Street looks the other way
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Certainly Europe occupies a small space of mind in American finance, despite the fact that it still has greater economic output than either of the other two main economic zones, North America or East Asia. You can catch this in the way European news ...

  • Leading Article: Elizabeth and Tony head west
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Worse, it doesn't look the part - there are no romantic battlements, winding stairs, or ancient towers. Eugenie, Beatrice and the other little princesses have been reared on Disney's Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty videos and expect grandma's residenc...

  • Letter: Cancer, lice and advice
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: The recent decision, based on "prudence" and the precautionary principle, to place the headlice treatment carbaryl on prescription-only sale is to be welcomed ("Cancer link leads to ban on sale of headlice remedies", 8 November). Carbaryl was fi...

  • Letter: Trouble with foxes and the blood sports lobby
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: In his article on foxes, I was surprised that Duff Hart-Davis did not mention the largest controller of foxes in this country, the Forestry Commission. Its employees kill about 25,000 foxes a year; this fact disposes of the claim that hounds are...

  • Life beyond the drawing board
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    But a little reflection reveals how parochial and doctrinaire David Hockney's view really is. It depends on accepting that the kind of art he himself makes, which I would characterise as decorative and figurative, is the only appropriate art for our ...

  • Dance on the grave of the Establishment
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Nothing is new about these scandals, except that we know about them. Who believes that in earlier decades there were no disreputable or foolish decisions by the Foreign Office? Or that businessmen had a hard time when they fell foul of the state? Or ...

  • Letter: Trouble with foxes and the blood sports lobby
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: I welcome the common sense of Duff Hart-Davis's article (Weekend, 4 November). As a practising ecologist and farmer I experience both sides of the fox control argument but see the need for control for both agricultural and ecological reasons. Fo...

  • Letter: Trouble with foxes and the blood sports lobby
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: Lord Mancroft (Letters, 7 November) does not give the full story about the sorry demise of John McFall MP's Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill. Firstly, the sensible thing to do was to have used the existing wording to the 1911 Protection of Animals...

  • Letter: Misleading figures on domestic abuse
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Sir: The "most thorough and statistically robust" National Family Violence US surveys which Oliver Kamm quotes (Letters, 3 November) are also the most notorious in the field of domestic violence, because of the misleading methods used. Based on the u...

  • chess
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    The first suggestion, advocated in Daniel King's book of the match, adapts the standard US solution to all problems: if something doesn't work, throw money at it. The idea is to have a large proportion of the prize money linked to decisive results in...

  • numbers the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    The following sentence hides three loosely connected words: Realist chops head to lose crimes. To disentangle the answers, arrange the six words into three pairs, then rearrange the letters within each pair. Three Chambers Dictionary prizes will be a...

  • review
    Thursday, 9 November 1995

    Oh, very well... simpered is unfair and hardly justified by Rebecca Frayn's film for Modern Times (BBC2) which, for a while at least, managed to keep its own prejudices in check. It began with some cruel close-framing of recent political scandals, pa...

  • While the lottery seems a harmless way of moving money about, it also reminds us how randomly the stuff is scattered about the world
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    I once thought the Southern satire might be taken in a rather different way. Perhaps his vignettes could be parlayed into support for the idea that capitalism is so peculiar that the kindest thing one could do for the poor - at home or abroad - would...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Publish quickly, Sir Richard
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    In 1992 the Government allowed four businessmen to be convicted over arms sales to Iraq which had been approved by ministers. For three years, until yesterday, that miscarriage of justice was allowed to stand, though there was documentary evidence, t...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Problems in need of faces
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    A different encounter that has always remained disturbingly with me was during a meeting on liberation theology, with many Latin Americans present. Performing as the radical but reasonable theologian, I prefaced some remarks I was about to make by sa...

  • LETTER: Falling foul of film processors and the police
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: Apropos the reports linking Julia Somerville and child pornography ("ITN newsreader in photographs row back on air", 6 November) and Claire Rayner's sensitive thoughts on prurience (Another View, 6 November), one wonders how Boots would have rea...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Who's afraid of Rodney?
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    But does it matter? It has, after all, become a conventional wisdom that unions ain't what they were. Neutered by Margaret Thatcher's legislation, rendered obsolete by the growing privatisation of the relationship between employer and employee and in...

  • LETTER: Why I want a gun
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: How can I protect myself against young vandals who have scragged my garden hedge, and who throw fireworks at my living-room windows? I am 75 and struggling to walk on two sticks. My wife is recovering from major surgery. We have been burgled twi...

  • LETTER: Charities among lottery winners
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: Michael Paraskos and David Flavell (Letters, 3 November) rightly argue that Terence Conran is incorrect in claiming London deserves a high proportion of National Lottery funds. Mr Conran's article (1 November) correctly points out that London is...

  • LETTER: Heroin haul
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir, I am shocked and dismayed that David Lister (Diary, 2 November) could dare to suggest Lonnie Donegan's "Rock Island Line" has hidden references to heroin. The title alone shows that the song warns about the Eighties drug of choice, cocaine. Your...

  • Stop whingeing and stitch that bra
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    These men were fiercely defensive: "If this is what it takes to keep my family, then I'll do it!" one said, jutting out his jaw at me as if defying anyone to pity or to mock. We shall see more of that as work in heavy industry and manufacturing (now ...

  • Can Israel put out the flames?
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Binyamin Netanyahu, the suave ex-diplomat leader of Likud, was quick to put Mrs Rabin's words down to her immense grief. But he may find them hard to live down. His denunciations of the government for surrendering to Yasser Arafat, the PLO chairman, ...

  • LETTER: Opposed to pot
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: If the accuracy of your so-called survey of Labour MPs is to be assessed by your account of the views you attribute to me, it is wholly spurious ("Cannabis inquiry backed by 27 Labour MPs", 4 November). At no time have I supported the legalisati...

  • Don't go crackers at Christmas
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Well, we don't want that happening this year, do we? No, we don't. So here's what we are going to do. We are going to bring you a Christmas checklist today containing all the things you have got to do in the next few weeks. OK. Here we go. Things we ...

  • LETTER: After the death of Rabin
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: Shaikh Mohammad (Letters, 7 November) rightly calls for fair reporting of various forms of terrorism, whether by states or groups or individuals, but he wrongly calls for such reporting not to condemn any religion. Surely religious terrorism is ...

  • LETTER: Crisps or crumble
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: The danger to children's health is even worse than you report ("School dinners can damage your health", 3 November). The "unhealthy" menu - battered fish, creamed potato, baked beans and apple crumble with custard - seems acceptable compared wit...

  • LETTER: Don't mix politics and asylum
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: You report ("Islamic exiles 'flocking to safe haven in London' ", 4 November) that the governments of France and Algeria claim that Islamic extremists, who have obtained political asylum in Britain, are using London as a base for plotting the ov...

  • LETTER: After the death of Rabin
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: I, like most of the civilised world, was shocked at the death of Yitzhak Rabin. I turned off the television on hearing the news, and sat reviewing the senseless slaughter of a good man trying to bring peace with justice to his small part of the ...

  • LETTER: After the death of Rabin
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Al-Rimawi Sir: It is ironic that I, a Jordanian Arab who, like Yigal Amir, is also a law student, write to condemn strongly his assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Instead of preparing to kill his own prime minister, the Israeli assassin should have been...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Geoffrey, a donkey who has been successfully treated for alcoholism at The Donkey Sanctuary, near Sidmouth, Devon. Geoffrey had become addicted to gin-and-tonics given to him by his owner. Alcohol makes normally placid donkeys aggressive. Another bee...

  • LETTER: Falling foul of film processors and the police
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: I agree with most of Claire Rayner's article (Another View, 6 November) about Julia Somerville's persecution, but I see little point in increasing Boots' profits on developing and printing by getting them to process more entirely innocent pictur...

  • LETTER: Falling foul of film processors and the police
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: For many years I was employed as a medical photographer by a small group of hospitals, including a large psychiatric one. As some of the pictures I was required to produce bordered on the risque or even pornographic, from the layman's point of v...

  • LETTER: Charities among lottery winners
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: Your article "Lottery admits charities hit" (4 November) correctly points out comments I made during a speech to the Charities Aid Foundation conference that "the jury was still out" on the National Lottery's long-term impact on charities. Howev...

  • LETTER: Falling foul of film processors and the police
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    Sir: With reference to Stephen King's letter (6 November), let me assure him that the unfortunate Julia Somerville and her partner certainly will be added to the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) Paedophile Index. Of the dozens of familie...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 8 November 1995

    After surrendering the bishop pair in the opening, Timman's strategy was to establish his knight on the excellent d5 square and leave White's bishops aiming into thin air, but the surprising 23.Bh7!, threatening 24.Qxh6!! gxh6 25.Rg8 mate, exposed th...

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