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Friday, 1 December 1995

  • Letter: Hirst's cow
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Sir: As one of the protesters at the Tate Gallery this Monday who temporarily prevented people exercising their right to view two dead carcasses, I must express my disappointment at the moral bankruptcy of the judges of the Turner Prize and the winni...

  • Letter: Symbolic cuts to lone parents
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae (29 November) refers to the Chancellor's "carefully neutral statement on single parents - that they should be treated in the same way as couples with children, not specially favoured". There is, though, nothing "neutral" about the d...

  • Letter: What does HIrst's udderless cow mean?
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Sir: The contemporary art sceptics will have all their doubts and hates confirmed by this year's Turner Prize choice ("'Enfant Terrible' Hirst wins the spot prize", 29 November). I, too, but particularly because of a problem with the inherent nature ...

  • Letter: I'm sorry, I haven't a queue
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Sir: I am having trouble with Health Service ethics. Is it wrong to use my money to jump the queue (as I grew up thinking) or wrong to clog the queue if I can afford to pay? I suppose all Independent readers but me believe the latter, but I am confus...

  • Glamour for Everygirl
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    But behind the glossy lipstick and the shimmering eyeshadow, the Clothes Show Live is big business. For many designers, it is as important as the trade shows held at the same venue twice a year. This weekend the designers get to meet their market and...

  • Letter: Duty to the truth
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Sir: Virginia Ironside (Dilemma, 30 November) perpetuates the lie that Father Christmas isn't a lie but a myth, and indeed that myths aren't lies at all. It may be all right for parents, and adults in general, to repeat myths that they believe are tr...

  • Letter: First Lady 'hatchet job'
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Sir: Commiserations to Polly Toynbee on her disappointment that her coffee morning with Hillary Clinton didn't turn out to be the feminist whinge- in she had hoped for. She responded by pouring scorn on the First Lady for the unpardonable sin of admi...

  • Love thy whinger
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Almost every day we read of neighbours who fall out because of the noise made by pet rabbits or, in one famous case, the intolerable racket made by next door's breeding hamsters (was there, perhaps, a bewhiskered Meg Ryan equivalent, given to crying ...

  • Letter: Call for clarity on Nigeria debate
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Sir: Regarding the ongoing debate on your pages between Anita Roddick (Another View, 28 November) and your correspondents (Letters, 1 December) on Shell and Ogoniland, the central issue seems to be getting out of focus. The real issue is: are the ope...

  • Keeping the faith - and no messing
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    It was not the first time Dr Carey has defended marriage: at the time of the David Mellor scandal he urged adulterous cabinet ministers to resign, on the grounds that anyone who systematically deceives his wife is not to be trusted in other areas of ...

  • A formula for reviving Irish spirits
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    In one of its aspects it is tough, dour, grumpy, with a take-it-or-leave- it attitude, a city of no airs and graces - personified, in fact, by Van Morrison, who this week served as the warm-up act for Bill Clinton at its city hall. That facet has bee...

  • Letter: HIrst's cow
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Sir: In her eulogy of Damien Hirst's work (29 November) Louisa Buck says "he produces images that lodge themselves in the psyche ... at the same time mundane and massive ... spectacle with profound meditations ... his work grabs you by the throat ......

  • Letter: And top o' th' morning to ya
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Sir: Please inform John Walsh (Diary, 30 November) that the people of Belfast do not speak as if they require a decongestant! I am afraid that he is guilty of typecasting all "oirish" accents as resembling a Dublin brogue. An Ulster accent is very di...

  • Letter: First Lady 'hatchet job'
    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    Ms Elizabeth Symons Sir: We wonder whether Polly Toynbee ("What have they done to Hillary?", 30 November) was at the same meeting we attended at the American Embassy on Wednesday. Her report was a serious misrepresentation of an interesting and stimu...

    Saturday, 2 December 1995

    I cannot remember when I last saw a film, but I am told it is important nowadays to have a lot of nudity to make it sell to the public - Viscount Daventry, Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire The cut is nonsensical, totally irrational and deeply boring -...

  • Christmas cons but once a year
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Here is the second half of the check-list. Good luck! Just remember every evening to check if anything on the list has happened today. They don't have to happen in this order, any order will do. Good luck! q You are in town one day when an ambulance ...

  • Pageantry fit for a new polity
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    On the surface it was hardly even a story. The Scottish Constitutional Convention - which embraces Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish trade unions and local authorities and many smaller bodies - presented its final proposals for the shape...

  • Letter: Families reunited
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: Following the Rosemary West trial, the subject of "missing persons" has again become a topic of interest and discussion ("Lost and not found", 28 November). There is very proper sympathy with those families from whom someone has recently left ho...

  • Letter: No justice in asylum lists
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: For years, refugees have been calling for their asylum claims to be dealt with speedily and fairly. The measures explained (letter, 29 November) by Ann Widdecombe, Minister of State in the Home Office, meet the first of these requirements but ce...

  • Letter: Watch out for the hidden camera
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: Your two articles (28 November) on closed circuit television (CCTV) were disappointingly superficial. It is debatable, as one of your authors pointed out, whether CCTV actually reduces crime overall because criminal activity, like water flowing ...

  • Letter: Nigeria's ills cannot be healed by Body Shop prescriptions
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: Anita Roddick, handsome, clever and rich with a comfortable home and happy disposition, apparently wants Shell to quit Nigeria, thus provoking the downfall of the current regime. The real evils, indeed, of Anita's situation are the power of havi...

  • Letter: Pigeons in distress
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: After reading Mike Everett's open letter "Dear pigeon fanciers" (Section Two, 28 November), I am reminded of several occasions when I have seen distressed racing pigeons. In very hot weather on a canal boating holiday we saw at least two lying o...

  • Letter: Bible translations before Luther
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: It is exciting to read ("Luther's Bible found after 200 years", 23 November) that Martin Luther's Bible has been discovered. It is a pity, however, that you describe it as "the Bible that broke the monopoly of the Catholic Church and consigned L...

  • Our role in global warming
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    A much bigger issue is whether we can explain that warming; in particular, can we attribute any part of it to human activity? Traditionally, many climate scientists have hedged their bets, using the double negative that warming is "not inconsistent" ...

  • Leading Article: Which one should she choose?
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Passion is the stock in trade of the Scottish National Party, which outlined its ideas for a fully independent Scotland. The monarchy can stay and Scotland should be happy to be a member of a new Association of States of the British Isles. Sweet reas...

  • Leading Article: A hollow victory in the classroom
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Who is right? Education has done pretty well in the Budget, considerably better than other areas of spending. But Mr Clarke has used smoke and mirrors to obscure what is really going on. The overall grant to local authorities is only going up in line...

  • Take care in cyberspace, children
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Both events yet again raise the difficult matter of how best to protect our children from exposure to "unsuitable" material. In the teen mag row, the prohibitionists lined up to call for a ban on the magazine in question, pinning their faith on the p...

  • Letter: Simple fare
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: Your bold menu of "The 10 best ideas of the decade" (Second Section, 29 November) claims to have moved on from the economics-driven nostrums of the Eighties. But the patrons of your more pluralist cafeteria could nevertheless remain dissatisfied...

  • Letter: Nigeria's ills cannot be healed by Body Shop prescriptions
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: The future as dictated by Anita Roddick has seldom looked so unattractive. With her harsh call that "political awareness and activism must be incorporated into business", she must raise shivers among lovers of democracy. The world she advocates ...

  • Letter: Nigeria's ills cannot be healed by Body Shop prescriptions
    Friday, 1 December 1995

    Sir: I am one of the Shell workers called upon by Anita Roddick in Another View (28 November) to search their consciences. From where does her sense of moral superiority come? I strive to be a caring citizen in common with most people on this planet,...

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