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  • A new world under the lobster's nose
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    We have come a long way since Lister: 1.7 million species tidily bundled into five kingdoms; a neat summary of earthly life. Now biologists can get on with something useful: biotechnology, a cure for cancer, that sort of thing. Or so we thought. Last...

  • LETTER: Plagiarism or genius? TS Eliot in good company
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Mozart, one of the most conscientiously eclectic geniuses, was a "rewriter". Shakespeare was a notorious "rewriter". That T S Eliot was a "rewriter" reaffirms his stature. When will academics accept there is no such thing as a virgin birth in the art...

  • LETTER: Mental health care requires psychiatry and counselling
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Brian Deas West Croydon, Surrey

  • LETTER: Plagiarism or genius?
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Kentucky Was inspired by the Muse and got lucky; "Though my Waste Land's the ticket Some bank clerk'll nick it Gosh darn, ain't this lit'ry thang mucky?" Giles Dawson London SE23

  • LETTER: Mental health care requires psychiatry and counselling
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Contrary to what is suggested in your article "Worried well force aside the mentally ill" (10 December), GPs are uniquely placed to judge what constitutes appropriate care and should be able to diagnose serious depression, as distinct from marital pr...

  • LETTER: A nation at war with its own government
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    I Morgan, Lincoln

  • Has he won the lottery? Can he win the lottery? Winner lottery
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    For a man who is currently destabilising the Government, Richard Branson seems oddly unpolished, too. He appears suddenly at the top of the stairs without his famous smile. In his office, he sits on the edge of a rococo sofa, knees drawn up against h...

  • Blame the genes of the poor, and pull up the middle-class drawbridge
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    But I am glad I did write it. I was inundated with letters from other 11-plus failures, some almost too painful to read. There were brothers who were separated by a few marks, catapulting one up to the middle classes, the other to a secondary modern ...

  • Libertarianism is fine... for single middle-aged men Aghast at the amateur drinker with no licence to swill
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    One's heart goes out to the poor girl. It is not right. It should be stopped. The hardiest inhabitant of Old Fleet Street would be sick too, after a mixture of that kind. And she is not only hurting herself and inconveniencing her immediate circle, w...

  • What Arthur learnt from Old Mother Goose
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    "Virginia brought a young poet called Montagu-Mullard around to see us," records Vanessa Bell in her diary of 9 August 1931. "They say Lytton is desperately enamoured of him, but his own interests lie elsewhere, with the French symbolists, upon whom ...

  • A festive head start ... propping up the Bar ... in bed with my wife
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    n Observer Shame. This week we go right back in time to the spell Andrew Jaspan, editor of the Observer, spent as a sub-editor on the Daily Telegraph in Manchester. This spell might have been longer if it had not been for an unfortunate incident abou...

  • Sex and lager: if only parties were still that simple The danger of offering too much to too many
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    The intelligent party-giver will, of course, consult Harpers & Queen for advice on how to throw this season's most successful event. My flatmate and I duly did so. Only to discover, to our consternation, that having inexplicably omitted to book t...

  • Too many killings to ignore
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Looking back through my notebooks and cuttings, I am struck forcibly not simply by the thread of deaths, protests and riots running through that period, but also by the response of police, politicians and media. Almost without fail public debate focu...

  • LETTER: Most Scots want devolution
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    His reference to opinion polls is also misleading. If voters are presented with a list of priorities many will plump for matters of immediate concern such as jobs and health. Mr Partridge carefully avoided mention of opinion polls canvassing opinions...

  • LETTER: Classic error
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Our income is around pounds 10,000 per year. Who is more deserving of a waiving of road tax? Chris Pidgeon Penrhiw Llanrhystud, Dyfed

  • LETTER: Life south of Worthing Moving centre of population
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Daniel Dorling University of Newcastle

  • LETTER: MPs are paid to listen
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Why shouldn't all voting be by secret ballot? It is the norm outside Parliament. After all, once elected, an MP represents all constituents, not just those who voted for him or her. If MPs were audited in the same way that other public services are a...

  • LETTER: Klingon is a language worthy of intellectual study
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    There is no provision for teaching Klingon at this university. The student in question is studying French, Italian and Linguistics in our BA Applied Languages programme. She is a fan of Star Trek and has been studying Klingon in her own time and at h...

  • LETTER: Keep out of the classroom
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Charles Murray, London N17

  • LETTER: Where's the beef
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    John Sheeran Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

  • LETTER: Mental health care requires psychiatry and counselling
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Our concern is that there is no such thing as a licence to practise counselling in this country, unlike in most of the United States. People can set up with little or no training. Training is offered in a vast range of institutions, some of which are...

  • words
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    UNEASE about the possible effect on humans of bovine spongiforma encephalopathy must have been greatly intensified by the stark popular name for it. If a mad dog - what the Romans magniloquently called a canis furibundus - can transmit rabies, what t...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Raj Persaud, psychologist, on the Prince of Wales's Christmas card showing him flanked by his two sons in enormous flower pots Boxing got me started on philosophy. You bash them, they bash you and you think, what's it all for? Arthur Mullard, comic a...

  • LETTER: The man who wouldn't hide
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Geoffrey Simmons St Lawrence College Ramsgate, Kent

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Create jobs to stop riots
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    But we had no need of Lord Scarman in 1981, admirably enlightened and clever though he is, and we still have no need of him. If the youth of Brixton had steady jobs, incomes and careers, and some prospect of independent adulthood, they would not have...

  • LETTER: Real cost of the power game
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    As the General Secretary of the Electrical Power Engineers' Association until April 1991, I can state that those figures justify no such judgement. The old CEGB was responsible not only for all the generating capacity handed over to PowerGen and Nati...

  • LETTER: MMC limits
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Grant Edward Monopolies and Mergers Commission, London WC2

  • LETTER: Mental health care requires psychiatry and counselling
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    John Price Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

  • LETTER: Elected mayors: visible leaders or puppets on a string?
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: Before we get too excited about the idea of directly elected mayors as a means for revitalising local government, remember that central government exercises direct and very tight control over more than 90 per cent of each local authority's budge...

  • What keeps Norman stormin'
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Not Mr Norman. The Asda chief executive removed his jacket and paced the room with his rather stooping walk. Pinned to his slightly crumpled white shirt was a bright yellow badge bearing the simple legend: "Archie". He used no notes but spoke fluentl...

  • Schools need much more than money
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Controversial it may be; party political it is not. My aim throughout is to identify the issues and to explore the arguments, not to plump for particular solutions. Take, for example, the role of the local education authority. On the one hand, we hav...

  • LETTER: Refugees cast as criminals
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: The last sentence in Ann Widdecombe's letter (13 December) about proposed government legislation in relation to asylum-seekers in Britain struck me as extraordinarily significant: "Genuine refugees have nothing to fear from our proposals." In th...

  • LETTER: Two different Christmases
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: Radio One presenter Simon Mayo ("The blasphemy of a meaningless Nativity", 12 December) fails to see the difference between the religious festival of Christmas and the secular one that occurs at the same time. True Christians can see the differe...

  • LETTER: Under the skin of mutant tomatoes
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: When food such as a tomato rots, a number of chemical reactions take place, in which many different nutrients deteriorate at different rates. Some deteriorate remarkably rapidly. Genetically engineered food may preserve the appearance of freshne...

  • LETTER: Keeping the heat under his hat
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: Subterfuge is part of the armoury of every foreign correspondent, as I am sure Angus Roxburgh, the BBC's Moscow resident, is aware (Letters; "Hats off to the BBC's heads", 13 December). It is no good railing at his masters' bare-heads edict, coc...

  • Hard to swallow Beef tomato
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    But this control is now threatened. For all this week my gorge has been rising as claim and counterclaim about BSE and genetically engineered foods have horrified the nation. Doctor Doom has declared that he never will eat beef again, while Professor...

  • LETTER: Sale of knives should be banned
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: The murder of brave headmaster Philip Lawrence ("Knife curbs to follow head's killing", 11 December) and the stabbing to death of a supermarket security guard demonstrate clearly that stronger sentences are needed to punish the carrying of knive...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Let us eat, drink ... and let go of nanny's hand
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    And then Britain started to grow up and tug at the constraints. We got fed up with killjoy licensing laws that were more puritanical than those of other nations in Europe. So they were relaxed. Alternative medicine thrived as people sought out their ...

  • LETTER: Elected mayors: visible leaders or puppets on a string?
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: Tony Blair is right to seek a full-scale "revival of local government" and he is also right to suggest that directly elected mayors could do much to strengthen local authority leadership ("Blair plan for elected city bosses", 12 December). The e...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    I hope you won't think I am being a nuisance but I have changed my mind as to what I want for Christmas. I wanted to have a telescope but now I want to have my daddy back because without my daddy I will not be able to see the stars anyway - Lucien La...

  • LETTER: Passengers vote with their feet
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: Your article on the Transport Select Committee's report on bus deregulation ("MPs voice support for 'Ofbus' ", 14 December) described the chaos that has resulted from this failed experiment, but it is also important to note that despite all the ...

  • LETTER: Judge deserves a knighthood
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's article "Man enough for poisonous porridge" (13 December) makes very depressing reading. I sincerely hope that there is no truth in the rumour that Judge Tumim is to receive no honour for his very distinguished service as our Ins...

  • LETTER: Christians unite on campuses
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    Sir: Jim Murphy, president of the National Union of Students, comments on the findings of a survey among Oxbridge students showing that Jesus Christ is the most admired person and the Bible is the most favoured book (report, 11 December). You quote h...

  • Why shouldn't I be a mummy-granny?
    Saturday, 16 December 1995

    At her husband's environmental consultancy in Oxford, Mrs Cobb, an animal technician, joked: "Please don't make me look like a mad granny with a Zimmer frame." She still shudders at the memory of the public outrage, almost two years ago, when it was ...

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