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  • Words
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    AS THE arguments go on and on about the pros and cons of tipping in restaurants, you can't help noticing after a time that the only people who don't actually use the word are the restaurateurs themselves. They call them gratuities, a word related to ...

  • Where Di got her street-cred ... The Inflammation ... paper money
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    n BRRNNGG! The telephone rings, in that rather irritatingly insistent fashion it has. It is Sheldon, my man on the literary circuit. "Captain," he says, "Martin Amis has a pain in the bottom!" "Tell me news, Sheldon," I say, a little brusquely. "No, ...

  • My love of books gives me little time to read
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Nevertheless, I yield to no one in my love of books. In my "Who's Who" entry, I take pains to list my hobbies as "bookish pleasures". Many of my most fervent admirers among what one might in all good spirit call "the great unwashed" know me best thro...

  • Letter: Fairer shares
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Such a tax, while not discouraging creative investment, would foster thoughtful investment and lessen the temptation to use the Stock Exchange merely as a gambling casino, allowing it, once again, to serve the wider community. Allen Harford Scarborou...

  • A bad business of blood
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Such calculations have never entered the minds of England's blood donors. The old National Blood Transfusion Service was founded alongside the National Health Service in 1948 and was based on the assumption that hundreds of thousands would give blood...

  • Letter: Mining in Indonesia that doesn't hurt the environment
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Suggestions that the operation is damaging the environment are untrue. Our Indonesian operation adheres to the highest environmental standards and has received all necessary environmental permits from the Indonesian government. We have a multi-millio...

  • Letter: No song like an old song
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    The pre-rock Top 20 did not consist entirely of songs like "Sing Little Birdie" - which Carr and Johnson only sang because it was that year's UK Eurovision entry. The Top 20 often included records by Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nat Kin...

  • English politicians travelling north will not soothe Scottish discontent
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Some of what I thought about him then was right, but some was quite wrong. He struck us all as amazingly thin-skinned. Gordon Brown was twitting him with being a "ditherer". This is almost harmless by Commons standards, but the Prime Minister grew tr...

  • Leading Article: Voters want fair taxes
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Most of these offers are, or will prove to be, bogus. For example, as this newspaper revealed last week, the people who are told they will gain from Mr Clarke's income tax cuts will eventually find that they have lost much of it in higher council tax...

  • Letter: Nothing mad about Alice
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    There is no proof of this. It is not irrational to become a nun or to start a religious Order. Her "madness" did not prevent Princess Alice from saving the lives of many Holocaust victims. I was present, representing British Jewry, at a ceremony in J...

  • Letter: Koo's silence
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Janine Williams Weybridge, Surrey

  • The right had their hopes but Mr Clarke had bottle
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Today nearly all Labour MPs dislike what Mr Tony Blair is doing to their party. But they think he is going to win the election for them. So they do not talk about a successor. In any case, in the People's Party, talk is what it mostly is. Since the f...

  • Return of the Pharaoh
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    This was no ritual expression of gratitude. Mubarak, they say, believed that his life was spared by an act of divine providence, that God had personally interceded to prevent the wicked acts of his Islamist opponents. No wonder, then, that within hou...

  • When adults fantasise about teenage sex
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    No one could accuse this magazine, whose December edition has now been banned from sale in Tesco, Asda, Safeway, Sainsbury's, WH Smith and the Somerfield supermarket chain, of being discreet. Published by Attic Futura, which is owned by one of Rupert...

  • Letter: Happy days
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    My own background was far from posh and probably a lot less well-heeled than Susie's. Nevertheless I cannot recall encountering any of the snobbishness she describes. Like most of the old girls of that era I remember with particular affection and gra...

  • Letter: Union power
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Tom Devyr London N17

  • Is Rupert Murdoch out of control?
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Last week it was Mr Birt who suddenly found himself wondering where his nether garments had got to, and his discomfort has wider implications. Mr Murdoch has an unhealthy dominance of the UK media and uses his great power more ruthlessly than anyone ...

  • Letter: Good kings and bad kings
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    The usurper Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the battle of Bosworth and claimed the throne for himself. To further that claim he married Edward V's sister, Elizabeth of York. However, this marriage re-legitimised Edward V, now aged 14, and his bro...

  • Letter: The people who make EU decisions are our politicians
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Most of those working near the EU institutions recognise that when the Commission formally proposes a regulation, it is published in full. The proposal will normally be discussed thoroughly by EU Ambassadors before the EU Council of Ministers meeting...

  • Letter: Check out some real stress
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Andrew Anderson Edinburgh

  • Letter: The lost girls
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Keith Flett London N17

  • Letter: Credit due
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Professor Graeme Davies University of Glasgow

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 3 December 1995

    Archbishop of Canterbury, responding to a Church of England report which suggested that unmarried couples should not be condemned As much as I agree with his policies, he's not necessarily the best saxophone player in the world. Curtis Steigers, Pres...

  • 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...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    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 -...

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