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Sunday, 17 December 1995

  • yesterday was...
    Monday, 18 December 1995

    Goldeneye, a fish in the North Carolina Aquarium, which has had a glass eye fitted by surgeons at the State College of Veterinary Science. "A few years ago," said Dr Brad Nadelstein, "surgery on dogs with cataracts was unheard of. Now it's common. Wh...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 18 December 1995

    1970: Divorce becomes legal in Italy. 1983: Gerald Ford becomes the first US President to appear in a soap opera when he makes a guest appearance in Dynasty. 19 December: 1863: Frederick Walton of London patents linoleum. 1980: Alexei Kosygin dies, a...

  • Leading Article: An obsession with opting out
    Monday, 18 December 1995

    The problem is the Prime Minister's obsession. He desperately wants to increase the number of self-governing schools. And he seems incapable of accepting reality: that most parents do not, in fact, want their schools to break away from the local coun...

  • Leading Article: Debasing the European debate
    Monday, 18 December 1995

    John Major did not help matters by sneering at the choice of Euro as "uninspiring", and arrogantly likening his EU partners to lemmings tumbling off a cliff. Did that really sound like a leader determined to place Britain at the heart of Europe, as h...

  • creativity headfuls of ideas on cloud nine
    Monday, 18 December 1995

    Clouds, says Michael Rubinstein, may feed the visual poetic imagination almost beyond endurance. Bringing them down to earth, however, he suggests they may be used "to wallow in a fog of pseudo-romantic euphoria". Clouds are for cuckoos to land on, s...

  • Chess
    Monday, 18 December 1995

    Where do you start with a mate in ten? Long problems usually have some repeating theme - a tactical sequence that may be played more than once to force some concession each time. Such a sequence may not be obvious, but you usually recognise it when y...

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

    John Price Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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

    Geoffrey Simmons St Lawrence College Ramsgate, Kent

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: MMC limits
    Sunday, 17 December 1995

    Grant Edward Monopolies and Mergers Commission, London WC2

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

    Brian Deas West Croydon, Surrey

  • 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: 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: 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...

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