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Monday, 11 December 1995

  • site unseen The Pyramid, Brightling Churchyard, East Sussex
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    English history is full of such men (but rather fewer women - something to do with male selfishness no doubt) who go their own way with vigour and style. Eccentrics such as Squire John Mytton, who reputedly got through eight bottles of port a day and...

  • LETTER: A job for the FBI
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: Glad to hear that the Duchess of York will get her jewels back. Next summer we're visiting the US for the first time. We find it very reassuring to know that if one of our bags goes missing after being checked in, the full resources of the FBI w...

  • chess on and off the board
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    The perplexing footnote is that Campomanes has now had the post of "Chairman" created for him, and is still seen to play rather too prominent a role for the liking of those who proposed a vote of no confidence in him and his team. What exactly happen...

  • How to revive top-quality democracy
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    While he mocks the Tory high command for the apparent "sense of decay, a fin de siecle air" that he claims hangs over the Government, he is alsokeenly aware that in this strange period of electoral phoney war Labour could have problems maintaining it...

  • Dreams broken on the streets of Paris
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Did other great turning-points in political destiny have the same anaesthetising effect on those who lived through them? Did newspaper readers in Rhode Island and Boston yawn as they flipped yet another wearisome report of the confederalists' latest ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: The blasphemy of a meaningless Nativity
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Two millennia later, many people don't find this story blasphemous, they just find it dull. For many people the original story of Christmas has been told and retold so many times that its meaning has been completely obscured. A new meaning has been f...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Someone worth calling mayor
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Mr Blair's plans for local government are more radical. He would introduce directly elected mayors, breaking with the British tradition that governmental chief executives - be they prime ministers or council leaders - are elected by legislative repre...

  • LETTER: When students turn to Jesus
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: Let's charitably assume that your education correspondent, Fran Abrams, was joking when she called it "wholesome" if Oxford and Cambridge students are turning to religion ("Oxbridge's hard-working students turn to ecstasy", 11 December). But she...

  • In sport, personalities take a running jump
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Frank Bruno, wasn't it? No. Oh. Who was it? Jonathan Edwards. Who's Jonathan Edwards? British Sports Personality of the Year. Good! And who was he before that? He was plain old Jonathan Edwards. And what sort of a personality does he have? He has the...

  • LETTER: Charles and Diana: both committed to helping young people
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: I wonder if Princess Diana is hoping to revive "slumming", which was a popular occupation for idle wealthy young women in the Victorian era. Yours sincerely, Marjorie Crossley Cambridge 8 December

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Nuclear policy goes up in smoke
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    The truth is that neither the Government nor the private sector is willing to spend billions of pounds building new power stations when they are unlikely to make profits for at least 10 years. Both the public and private sectors have one good reason ...

  • LETTER: Denial: abuse repeated
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: Angela Lambert's account of parents accused of child abuse ("Guilty until proven innocent", 7 December) was ill thought-out. While deeming the Boots employee who contacted police in the Somerville case "(no doubt) well-meaning", her overall symp...

  • LETTER: Greer's premise
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: Germaine Greer ("Engr. Inu, do you take me for a fool?", 8 December) writes of being defrauded, she believes, of pounds 20 by a Nigerian youth in London. I, too, have been implored to pay the fares to distant places of people claiming to be stra...

  • LETTER: Diet of untruths?
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: As a linguist concerned with the influence of language on cultural behaviour, I have an observation regarding the genesis of the current BSE controversy. It is widely acknowledged that the bovine form of this disease originated with the feeding ...

  • Backgammon
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    The reason for its precedence over any other point lies in the fact that backgammon is a game with outrageous reversals of fortune. You can be cruising to victory and suddenly fail to enter on a 2-point board for three rolls. Or you may get hit by a ...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Cubans, who have been told that they will be allowed to put up Christmas trees, despite a government ban on them in state institutions. Celebrating Christmas is considered bad for the sugar harvest. a bad day for: Franco Moni, 41, an engineer who sta...

  • LETTER: Denial: abuse repeated
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: Angela Lambert was given a good deal of inaccurate information on recovered memory of abuse. Many children of "False Memory Society" parents never forget, yet are still portrayed by their denying parents as victims of brainwashing therapists. Re...

  • LETTER: Diet of untruths?
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: A thought for the Prime Minister, who said today that there is no scientific evidence that BSE and CJD are linked. Before gravity was demonstrated, there was no scientific evidence for its existence. Yours faithfully, I. C. Shaw Hambleton, Lanca...

  • LETTER: When students turn to Jesus
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: Fran Abrams ("Students come clean with change of image", 11 December) writes: Today's Oxbridge students list Jesus Christ and their own parents as their greatest heroes, the Bible as their favourite book and going to church among their favourite...

  • LETTER: Charles and Diana: both committed to helping young people
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Wilson Sir: While the backdoor methods of achieving the Princess of Wales's Panorama interview were regrettable, the programme left me with a feeling of hope. As your leading article indicated, we are indeed witnessing the emergence of a new-style mo...

  • LETTER: Charles and Diana: both committed to helping young people
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: I think it is unwise for royalty to be appearing to support a political party by sharing a platform with one of its representatives (report of the Princess of Wales's speech to the housing charity Centrepoint, 8 December). But it is strange that...

  • LETTER: Charles and Diana: both committed to helping young people
    Tuesday, 12 December 1995

    Sir: Your editorial "The Queen of Hearts turns up trumps" (7 December) claims that the Prince of Wales lacks the common touch, but shows an almost wilful disregard for the range of his charitable interests. The Prince's Trust, the Prince's Trust Volu...

  • creativity taking up the rubber gauntlet of originality
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    The most popular ideas were udders for pantomime cows, waterproofing for reindeer antlers and bottle-feeding for quintuplets. Harold Stone, however, points out their useful social function, when worn at a dinner party with fingers cut off to identify...

  • Letter: A wheelie daft idea
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: The councillors of Wakefield ("Wheelie-bins dump pensioners in hospital", 8 December) are clearly one liquorice stick short of a Pontefract cake. What on earth were they up to, suggesting people should clean the insides of their wheelie-bins? I ...

  • Letter: Here's to real ale
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: John Shepherd's article (7 December) on the latest fad in the drinks market is sound enough. But he may have left the impression that real ale is in decline. In fact, more real ale is sold now than in 1989. Over 100 new real ale breweries have o...

  • Letter: There is plenty to beef about
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: Following your excellent leader "To beef or not to beef ..." (6 December) you published two equally balanced "Argument" articles (7 and 8 December) on BSE. Two eminent scientists, Professor Colin Blakemore and Dr Robert Will, both agree that whi...

  • Letter: Private investment in childcare
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: I was surprised by Professor Ruth Lister's remarks in her letter (2 December) that proposals to encourage lone parents to move into paid employment are of doubtful effect particularly while the Government "refuses" to invest in childcare facilit...

  • Letter: On the right track for a rail service
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: I read Christian Wolmar's article ("Bus company wins first rail franchise", 6 December) with interest and some indignation. Should Stagecoach be successful in winning the South West Trains (or any other) franchise, the one thing you can be sure ...

  • 20 things your MP doesn't know about BSE
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    It is actually a very old disease, but it used to be called by other names. What other names did it used to be called by? Apoplexy. Choler. Wrath. Ire. Irascibility ... What does BSE actually stand for? Backbench Spleen Explosion. Who are affected by...

  • Letter: Franc remarks
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: If the UK economy is doing as well as our government says, and the French economy is doing as badly as their government says, could one of the economic gurus explain why the pound was worth Fr8.78 on 20 January 1994 and Fr7.65 today? Yours since...

  • Leading Article: Crunch time for Labour's women
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    The Labour Party's aims are worthy enough. It is rightly determined to increase the number of women at Westminster. Out of 271 Labour MPs, only 39 are women - yet politicians make decisions which affect the whole population, more than half of whom ar...

  • Leading Article: The culture of the knife
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    But the death of Philip Lawrence, the respected head at St George's Roman Catholic comprehensive in Maida Vale, London, was particularly shocking because it underlined a new and important phenomenon. Where once school- boys might have threatened stic...

  • Letter: Moral choices for supermarkets
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: Richard D. North obviously has not thought long and hard enough about IFAW's campaign to persuade supermarkets not to buy Canadian fish because of the Canadian seal hunt (Section Two; "Moralists", 7 December). He believes that companies should n...

  • Letter: The princess and the plea for the homeless
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: So the Prime Minister believes that sleeping rough is a culture (report, 8 December): the implication being that people can choose whether or not to enjoy it. Before it is too late, let us have a grant from the Heritage Fund to preserve this pic...

  • Be bold, Prime Minister, and promise a referendum
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    The best way of consolidating the strength of his position at home while staying fully engaged in the practical discussions of Emu, which are now hotting up, would be for him to announce his promise to hold a referendum on Europe. This would be a fir...

  • Letter: There is plenty of beef about
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: Why is oxtail still being sold when the spinal column at its centre is joined to the brain of the animal? Yours faithfully, J. Barber Oxford 7 December

  • An unwelcome season of judge-bashing
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    The season opened back in October at the Conservative Party conference. The party chairman, Brian Mawhinney, urged people disturbed by lenient prison sentences to protest to judges and magistrates. Public opinion does have a part to play in the sente...

  • Letter: The princess and the plea for the homeless
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: It is sad that the Princess of Wales's comments about homelessness have been seized on as evidence that she is entering the party political arena ("Tory MPs angry at Diana's political plea for homeless", 8 December). Homelessness is a social pro...

  • Letter: The princess and the plea for the homeless
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    Sir: On your front page today (8 December) you report that the Princess of Wales "condemned the sight of young people who 'resort to begging or worse, prostitution, to get money in order to eat'," and that "Conservative MPs immediately condemned the ...

  • chess
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    The winner, however, was none of the established giants, but the young American Harry Nelson Pillsbury, who was, incidentally, the only man in the field without a moustache. Only 23 when he won the Hastings tournament, Pillsbury never had such a triu...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    1769: Edward Beran of London patents Venetian blinds. 1956: The Government approves TV broadcasts between 6pm and 7pm. 1987: Charlie Chaplin's bowler and cane fetch pounds 82,500 at auction. His boots go for pounds 38,500. 12 December: 1915: The firs...

  • Lessons from a violent death
    Monday, 11 December 1995

    What is now needed is some quiet reflection and time to consider the state of our inner-city schools and what actually can be done to improve them. I have spent much of my 30-year teaching career in deprived inner London schools working with boys who...

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