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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: 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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)...

  • 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

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