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Tuesday, 12 December 1995

  • LETTERS: Death of a headmaster: where responsibility lies
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: On behalf of children everywhere, we are in great sorrow for the death of headmaster Philip Lawrence. Our thoughts are with him and his family. As children, we feel partly responsible for this tragic incident and we feel betrayed by this terribl...

  • Bridge
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Our new opponents arrived, and I briefly explained that we were playing Precision Club and that we used reverse distributional signals. They were not very attentive and continued to discuss their dinner plans until this board came to the table. As We...

  • Yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Visually impaired Chinese, with the reprinting of the 4 Sept Xian Evening News in an edition 95ft long by 64ft wide. "Every character in the headline is as large as a washbasin," according to an agency report. a bad day for: Promiscuous males, as a s...

  • Finger points at the National Lottery
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    It is in this context that he has taken on those running and regulating the National Lottery. His reputation for honest dealing lends special authority and credence to his allegation that he was offered and refused a bribe to drop his plans to bid fo...

  • LETTERS: Coke's Santa - it's not the real thing
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: Recent letters to the editor on the validity of telling children the truth about the myth/lies of the existence of Santa Claus have continued to make the same error. They consistently refer to this "jolly fellow" as Father Christmas. The facts a...

  • LETTERS: Hats off to the BBC's heads
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: I'm touched by Magnus Mills's concern at seeing me hatless and freezing in Moscow ("Dear Angus Roxburgh", 8 December). Perhaps he could make his feelings known to BBC management, for it is they who insist their correspondents must not wear hats....

  • Chess / A knight to remember
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    With 11.g3, White aims for a more quiet life than in the sharp lines with 11.c3 or 11.Bd3. Black is meant to be discouraged from playing f5 because of the scope it will give to a white bishop on g2. That's fine in theory, except that Kramnik never ga...

  • LETTERS: Death of a headmaster: where responsibility lies
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: A group of policemen should arrive unannounced at their chosen school with prior permission of the headmaster and check every child while leaving the gate of the school at the end of classes for lethal weapons and drugs. A little inconvenience t...

  • Why did Branson sit on bribe story for so long?
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Mr Branson has a lot of questions to answer. Why didn't he make these allegations immediately? Then he could have caused a great deal of damage to Camelot's bid. Why did he not pursue the alleged bribery to Oflot, the lottery regulator, when the bids...

  • Man enough for poisonous porridge
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    This was an evening for the great and good to say farewell to the great and good Judge Tumim, after his eight years as inspector of prisons came to an abrupt and untimely end when the Home Secretary chose not to renew his contract. The audience was p...

  • We don't need one more drink
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    These limits previously stood at 21 units of alcohol a week for men and 14 for women. The Government has now announced daily limits - three to four units a day for men and two to three for women. The old sensible limits were backed as recently as Jun...

  • LETTERS: Maastricht mistakes can be corrected
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr ("Dreams broken on the streets of Paris", 12 December) is quite right to warn us that, after 50 years of growing European unity, we are at a dangerous turning point. But the reason is not the power of the global economy. The Maastric...

  • LETTERS: Death of a headmaster: where responsibility lies
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: We have had a recent tragedy of a headmaster being stabbed to death by thugs, and no arrests to date of the assailants involved. I am a 71-year-old pensioner, an ex-able seaman and a dock worker. I remember when a seaman going ashore for a lunch...

  • LETTERS: No fears for 'real' refugees
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham ("Sorry, Britain is now closed", 12 December) misunderstands the intention and the effect of the Asylum and Immigration Bill. There is no question that Britain is now closed to refugees. The UK will continue to honour its obligation...

  • I put the national interest first
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Such reporting amounts to a gross misrepresentation of what I actually said in my interview with John Humphrys, as anyone who watched it will be aware. My position was, and is, quite simple. In the entirely hypothetical event, put to me by the interv...

  • No big gestures please, Ken
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Economic evidence has been mounting in favour of such a cut. Several factors suggest the economy is weak and in need of a boost. Economic growth and inflation are both lower than expected. Manufacturing industry looks fragile. Export markets don't lo...

  • LETTERS: Weddings and optional extras
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: The fees levied by the churches are required to be charged by law and no exceptions can be made. Any extras (such as the choir, video, etc) are not necessary to the exchange of vows in a church. Any couple wishing to take advantage of those extr...

  • Season's greetings from absent friends
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    The man in the pub, whose name was actually Pete, which is why he hadn't included Pete in the list of mundane names, trailed away in gloom. "What's so depressing about that?" asked his companion, a cheery woman despite being his wife. "Well, I just f...

  • Bridget Jones's diary
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    9st 5 (disaster); alcohol units 4 (g); cigarettes 12 (excellent); number of Christmas presents purchased 0 (bad); cards sent 0. 4pm Jude just rang in tears on her portable phone from the loos at work (Jude is Head of Futures at Salomon Brothers). She...

  • LETTERS: Weddings and optional extras
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: Mrs M. Harris (letter, 9 December) draws attention to an important issue but hits the wrong target. The legal fees for a marriage service in the Church of England, from 1 January 1996, will be pounds 114, plus pounds 12 for the banns of marriage...

  • LETTERS: Weddings and optional extras
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    Sir: When I was in full-time ministry in a fairly affluent parish, I always encouraged the less affluent by remitting most of the wedding fees and even provided modest accommodation for the wedding reception. I believe this is a fairly common practic...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 13 December 1995

    The consulting geographer Simon Rendel has done good service in producing his computer-generated maps of the erosion of tranquility over the last 30 years (published by the Council for the Protection of Rural England). It's not that he has identified...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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: 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...

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