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Friday, 29 December 1995

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    In my bones, I don't think the Government is going to get through the next year - Paddy Ashdown, Liberal Democrat leader. It is becoming daily more apparent that the British government has no intention whatsoever of advancing or, indeed, of maintaini...

  • LETTERS: Lessons on prison policy
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Professor Justin Brooks (letter, 29 December) must be right to warn of the dangers of following the US model of prisons and to call for clear, humane and pragmatic policies here in UK. Twenty years ago, working for a time with the prison service...

  • LETTERS: Seeds and cycleways: faith in the future
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham is quite wrong to suggest that cycle paths and seed banks do not bear witness to our faith in the future, for both point to an acknowledgement of our past failures and some small attempt to rectify them. The former relates to our da...

  • LETTERS: Seeds and cycleways: faith in the future
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Peter Popham unfavourably compares the sums allocated by the Millennium Fund to the Llanelli coastal path, the Kew Gardens seed bank, and national cycleways, with the refusal to aid Cardiff opera house ("No daring, no imagination, just cycle pat...

  • LETTERS: Seeds and cycleways: faith in the future
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: The good burgers of Cardiff should take the time to visit Gothenburg in Sweden, because that city has recently opened a stupendous musical theatre in the old port - and they brought the project in under budget, to boot! Gothenburg is usually ass...

  • Bravery at the lakeside leaves its powerful legacy
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    In short, as the scene unfolded at the lake in Hemsworth Park, West Yorkshire, Michael Mee would have realised that he was likely to fail and that he could die in the attempt to fish Tracey out of the water. He was not required professionally to put ...

  • LETTERS: Normal service
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: The public services receive so many brickbats, that credit should be given where it is due. On this foggy freezing morning, the post, the newspaper and the milk had all been delivered by 8am, and my trains to London and back ran on time. Yours f...

  • LETTERS: Dangers in the mountains
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Victoria Pybus ("The difference between hill-walking and mountaineering: ice", 16 December) extols the thrills and challenges of climbing the Scottish mountains in winter. There are dangers as well as delights in winter climbing. Conditions in t...

  • LETTERS: Our first-class Royal Mail
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Your readers can be reassured that Royal Mail does not "deliberately delay" its first delivery ("Postal union sets a deadline", 26 December) "to accommodate post that should be sent out later". Quite the opposite happens. Royal Mail's investment...

  • LETTERS: Seeds and cycleways: faith in the future
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Some 18 months ago, I visited Cardiff with a group of other foreign journalists from the Foreign Press Association. We were shown the Cardiff Bay development; needless to say, impressive in scope and size. But it occurred to some of us that the ...

  • LETTERS: The attractions of Mr Darcy
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Decca Aitkenhead's attack on Mr Darcy ("Our knight in icy armour", 26 December) completely misses the point. It is not so much Jane Austen's portrayal that proved so attractive as the man playing the part. Women fell in love with Colin Firth, ra...

  • LETTERS: Cheap US beef
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: In reply to the Rev David Flavell's (letter, 20 December), I can provide at least two good reasons why American beef is cheaper than British. In the first place, farmers in the US are allowed to use steroids and hormone growth promoters - an aid...

  • LETTERS: Lessons on prison policy
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: When Lord Whitelaw was Home Secretary, he told the House of Commons that "conditions in many of Her Majesty's prisons are an affront to a civilised society and a continued threat to law and order". In the light of your report (28 December) that ...

  • Driving me mad
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Some folk will believe the AA is angling for this award with its pounds 145,000 project, announced this week, to uncover the behavioural differences between men and women drivers. The psychologists at Reading University charged with this task will no...

  • LETTERS: Urban landings
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Hong Kong Kai Tak "the world's last remaining international airport slap bang in the middle of town" (29 December)? Ever heard of Heathrow? Yours faithfully, Terence Davidson Twickenham, Middlesex

  • PROFILE OF THE YEAR: Tony Blair: Blair's course set for a historic mission
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    When he moved in, in July 1994, Tony Blair chose the less prepossessing of the two offices available to the Opposition; the grander upstairs room previously occupied by John Smith is now John Prescott's. As it happens, this plainness is deliberate; t...

  • LETTERS: IRA fears repeat of 1921 treaty
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: After reading today's letters about "arms decommissioning", I would like to point out that the nervousness of the IRA and Sinn Fein regarding the handing over of their weapons before peace talks can properly begin originates in a much earlier pr...

  • LETTERS: Take your pick
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    Sir: Before the war every house in the Americas (and some in Europe) owned an ice-box. Ice was driven about towns and cities in sacking-covered heaps and homes, hotels, hospitals and food shops handled quantities of ice which came in large blocks. To...

  • A week of white-outs and black-outs
    Saturday, 30 December 1995

    After a week of white-outs, power cuts and an invasion of media folk from the mainland, the thought of more snow appals most people up here in Shetland. After the great snowfall and gales on Christmas Eve, all roads were blocked. Some people were wit...

  • LETTER: Common sense and monetary union
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Sir: I was most interested to read Hamish McRae's article (22 December) about the impracticalities of monetary union, but I think even more fundamental is the question of parliamentary control thereof. Politics is very largely about the economy and t...

  • LETTER: Sharp practice
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Sir: Your headline "Straw urges action on knife adverts" (23 December) prompts the reflection that if manufacturers of kitchen equipment would stop making kitchen knives with a point, much less damage might be done. To enhance a macho image in chefs,...

  • LETTER: Two answers to the West Lothian question
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Sir: According to your leader "Tartan terrors of Mr Blair", (27 December), Tony Blair plans a new commission to think up answers to the "West Lothian question", which the creation of a Scottish parliament engenders. It is doubtful that such a commiss...

  • LETTER: Communists get streetwise
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Sir: Not long ago, new street-name signs were put up on the Nevsky Prospect in St Petersburg. They bear three lines of text: the first reads "Nevsky Prospect" in Russian letters, the second the same in Latin letters, the third line reads, also in Lat...

  • Jack of all trades - and all classes
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    It's also probably the biggest statement you'll ever make about who you are and where you're going. So, Gabriel is rejected as too biblical, Nathaniel too American, Raphael too effeminate. But how about Jack? A solid, unpretentious name belonging to ...

  • In fear of living dangerously
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Already, many are drawing what they take to be the obvious moral. You can't trust anyone. Strangers are dangerous and only a fool would choose to hitch, deliberately laying themselves open to psychopaths and weirdos. This is a predictable response an...

  • A region with a bad reputation
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    As the clash point between three former empires, the Balkans seemed almost destined to symbolise trouble. Constantly shifting borders and people as well as unspeakable cruelty have all given the region its bad name. "Balkanisation", the perpetual dis...

  • LETTER: Labour's ignorant prince of darkness
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Sir: I'm beginning to wonder whether Peter Mandelson's title, "Prince of Darkness", is an example of what historians call "the inflation of honour". The views attributed to him ("Mandelson denies right-wing agenda", 27 December) show an ignorance of ...

  • LETTER: Common sense and monetary union
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae suggests that the common-sense instincts of "ordinary people" are against European monetary union. A lot of "ordinary people" take holidays abroad in Europe. They are angry and frustrated by the expenses they have to incur every tim...

  • LETTER: In the very bleak midwinter
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Sir: When did the Government change the cold weather requirement? You report (" `Cold comfort' payments row boils over", 28 December) social security minister Andrew Mitchell as saying, "These payments are meant to deal with very severe weather." The...

  • LETTER: Two answers to the West Lothian question
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Sir: Labour's commission to examine the "West Lothian Question" ("Labour may cut number of Scots MPs", 26 December) will be welcomed as proof positive that, despite repeated Conservative accusations of breaking up the UK, Labour, in opposition or in ...

  • LETTER: Wrong model for UK prisons
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    Sir: For the past two months I have been in the UK researching the correctional system. I have visited many correctional facilities and have spent many hours speaking to correctional administrators. As a result of my research, I am convinced that the...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Justice from the barrel of a gun
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    In short, the cessation of political violence no longer means a total ban on killings by the IRA, just as it never entailed an end to punishment beatings. The IRA is sending out a clear message: it will not wither away. That is the uncompromising mis...

  • Q: 1995? A: Delia Smith and Mr Darcy
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    1. Who, in 1995, said the following? a. "I am making you Deputy Premier, Michael, but I want it to be strictly understood that it is a purely nominal and symbolic post." b. "That's all, right, John. After all, I realise that being Prime Minister is, ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A hundred years of fantasy
    Friday, 29 December 1995

    One of the reasons for the success of the cinema is, paradoxically, its simplicity. Most of the camera techniques and moves that grace modern film are essentially the same as those pioneered in the early silent days. But what the camera allows, which...

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