The Independent | Archive
Home 1995 December

Tuesday, 26 December 1995

  • Letter: Festival for pagans and viewers
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: I was very surprised to read Meg Carter's seasonal article, "The TV's on but no one's home" (19 December), which appeared to be a remarkably uncritical report of a recent survey carried out by the advertising agency JWT. There is no evidence to ...

  • Letter: Cardiff has been saved from an operatic folly
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: I was intrigued by the unimaginative assumptions implicit in your headline, "No daring, no imagination, just cycle paths" (23 December), and the article that followed. I, too, long to dare, and both cycle paths and opera houses feature in my hop...

  • Letter: Cardiff has been saved from an operatic folly
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: Except for those who would have lottery money at any price and those who regard a rejection on any grounds as yet another insult to Wales, few people will be sorry that the design chosen and put forward for grant- aid has been rejected (report, ...

  • Letter: Festival for pagans and viewers
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: Readers who lack Campbell's "understanding" of the Bible (letter, 23 December) may not be aware that the Talmud (which he regards as a source for the story of the star in the east that led the Magi to Bethlehem) was compiled some 300 years after...

  • Letter: Cardiff has been saved from an operatic folly
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: According to Lord Crickhowell, chairman of the Cardiff Bay Opera House Trust, the Millennium Commission's refusal to fund the proposed opera house is "incomprehensible". The only "incomprehensible" aspect of the Cardiff Bay Opera House shambles ...

  • Leading Article: Why the callers got the right man
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Nevertheless, their choice of the London headmaster Philip Lawrence - who was murdered while attempting to break up a fight outside his school - is of great interest. Of course, he had just been in the news - but so had the Princess of Wales (fourth)...

  • Letter: Festival for pagans and viewers
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: The variety of interesting views expressed by your correspondents about Christmas must surely persuade us that we have all inherited a unique festival through a long, complex process of cultural osmosis and syncretism, which gives space for ever...

  • Leading Article: Tartan terrors of Mr Blair
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    But, as we reported yesterday, Labour is still wrestling with the ancient bugbear of allowing limited home rule in Scotland - the fabled West Lothian question. Asked most loudly in the late Seventies by the Labour MP for West Lothian, Tam Dalyell, th...

  • Bon Noel, Canada! Ici le royal low-down
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    "Messieurs, mesdames, petits enfants et bebes de Canada. "C'est votre reine ici. "Oui, Elizabeth No 2, a Londres. "Un bon Noel a vous tous! "Vous avez, I expect, beaucoup de neige au Canada. Un Noel blanc. Et vous avez beaucoup de luck! "Ici en Angle...

  • Letter: A permanent home
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: Families forced to move frequently with little hope of a permanent home could become the norm rather than the exception ("Council moved family 34 times", 20 December) if government proposals come into force next year. The Department of the Envir...

  • We need an Albert, not an Anthea
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    But the punters' money for great public works is rolling in. Sums that would have glazed over the eyes of Francois Mitterrand, that enthusiast for great public works, are suddenly sloshing about the country looking for someone - anyone - to spend the...

  • Letter: Sainsburys' gift
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: Rarely have I seen such a mean and curmudgeonly comment as Jonathan Glancey's inaccurate statement today (21 December) that the Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery is "named after a superstore chain". It is named after the three brothers whos...

  • Letter: Ask the parents
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir In her article "Whose child is this anyway?" (20 December), Mary Braid highlights the Kafka-esque world in which parents of severely mentally handicapped people find themselves because of the attitude of many social workers. The assumption that a...

  • The Prince of Darkness goes into print
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    I didn't get the job, thank goodness, because Peter Mandelson's period as Labour communications supremo brought together a person and a post to fuse in a way that is rare in British politics. Part of John Major's troubles stem from the fact that ther...

  • A war the West can no longer ignore
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    I recently visited Chechnya and stayed for four days in a village near Grozny. Every night the sound of shelling and machine-gun fire made it clear that the war was far from over.Despite the relatively small area under Russian control, there are more...

  • Letter: The official Sloane Ranger authorship
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: In your profile of Peter York (16 December), you describe him as the best-selling author of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook, which suggests that he is its sole author. As the book's publisher while at Ebury Press, may I put on the record the...

  • Letter: Proxy behaviour
    Wednesday, 27 December 1995

    Sir: I have just had a letter from Sir Colin Southgate, chairman of Powergen. He thanks me for my support as a shareholder for his proposal to merge with Midlands Electricity which, he reports, was approved unanimously at the Extra General Meeting in...

SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Accounts Assistant - Part Time

£10500 - £14000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Part Time Accounts Assistant ...

Recruitment Genius: Accounts Assistant

£18000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company supply, install an...

Tradewind Recruitment: Reception Teacher

£120 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: An excellent three form entry scho...

The Green Recruitment Company: Commercial Construction Manager

£65000 Per Annum bonus & benefits package: The Green Recruitment Company: The ...

Day In a Page

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'