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  • OBITUARY: William Murray
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    When I first met him at an educational conference in Exeter in the early 1960s, his total commitment was immediately obvious; I made a mental note that here was someone with whom it would be a privilege to co-operate one day. That time came a few mon...

  • OBITUARY: Professor Jacques Heurgon
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Not long before he died, Heurgon had finished a preface for the new edition of Flammarion's "Histoire romaine" series. A specialist in Livy, he also revered Virgil and edited a fine study of Varro's Rerum Rusticarum. This last work brings to a fittin...

  • CASE SUMMARIES
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Contempt Bah and anor v Walters and anor Re Bah (a minor); FD (Wall J); 8 Nov 1995 A civil court in committal proceedings had power to compel an alleged contemnor to swear an affidavit in advance of the hearing setting out his case. Although it was w...

  • Leading Article: Good business is good business
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Such outcomes are not guaranteed. Which is why "dirty tricks" campaigns happen not just in American fantasy but also in true-life British business. For Shopper's Express read British Airways or, it seems, advisers working for British Gas; and for San...

  • OBITUARY: John Patrick
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Born John Patrick Goggan in Louisville, Kentucky, he attended Harvard and Columbia Universities before starting his writing career in radio as a script writer for NBC. His first play, Hell Freezes Over (1935), Joshua Logan's first directorial assignm...

  • LETTER: Better quality in Quality Street
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: I can assure Ken Farnhill (Letters, 6 November) that since Nestle acquired Rowntree Mackintosh in 1988, no changes have been made to the recipes or production processes of Kit Kat that would cause a deterioration in quality. On the contrary, we ...

  • The last oik of the British Empire
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    But when you reflect that Leeson managed to lose pounds 927m of other people's money, then perhaps the punishment is on the lenient side. I calculate (roughly) that he will serve just a day in prison for every pounds 390,000 that he blew. Now, if he ...

  • LETTER: Wind turbines are just inefficient
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: Not everyone will share David Redom's rapture at the prospect of wind turbine power stations on every hill (Letters, 27 November). What will save our landscape from the march of the wind machine is not a consideration of beauty, however, but the...

  • LETTER: Corrections from the film censor
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: I would like to correct several inaccurate statements in two recent articles by Tom Dewe Mathews about the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). From "Welcome to the legion of the banned" (11 November): 1. Despite its violence, Boy Meets ...

  • LETTER: Too long in the dark
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: Nicholas Bond (Letters; "Time-consuming exercise", 27 November) suggests that, as an alternative to moving our clocks, we should change the times of opening for our schools and workplaces. The trouble is that much of our public transport system,...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Don't go, Richard and Judy
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    There is no satisfaction now in rereading the fine words that were used to win back Granada's regional licence in 1991, and which now ring so hollow. Granada boasted on the opening page of its application that it would be the largest single contribut...

  • LETTER: Losers in the Budget are those on low incomes
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: Your headline (29 November) "The poor come away nearly empty-handed" shows that the losers in this Budget are again people on low incomes: the young unemployed, the homeless and lone parents. With nothing from tax cuts, they face a freeze on som...

  • LETTER: Tea time for the Princess
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: If the Princess of Wales really wants to be an ambassador for Britain she will have to mend her ways. You report (27 November) that in Patagonia she did not eat a single cake and drank only half a cup of tea in a Welsh tea shop. No ambassador wo...

  • LETTER: The reward is a clear conscience
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: In response to Kitty Paul's letter ("Is honesty always the best policy?", 30 November), I am of the opinion that honesty is the best policy, even if received ungratefully. Being honest allows our conscience to remain intact. Of course, it would ...

  • LETTER: Early versions of the Bible
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: I notice that, in attempting to portray the medieval church as making Bible study by lay people its foremost concern, the Rev Gilbert Marcus OP (Letters, 1 December) is eloquently and wisely silent about the situation in England. Here it was the...

  • OBITUARY: Isang Yun
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    In Britain Yun was never well known, but in several countries, especially in Germany and Japan, he is considered a leading figure. In Japan he is described as a "continental composer". For the Japanese the Continent is China and the surrounding lands...

  • Let's get together - all over again
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    I have also been offered exclusive rights to the John Lennon diaries, which sounded interesting at first, but turned out to be the diaries that John Lennon would have written after his death if he had not been shot, based on notes he made while he wa...

  • LETTER: Pigeon who forgot to return home
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: I fear that the kind deed performed by Mrs Spittle's son (Letters, 1 December), when he assisted a fatigued racing pigeon and returned it to its owner, may have had a very unhappy result. It is fairly common knowledge that pigeon fanciers do not...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Rebuilding Bosnia
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    The first priority for resources from the World Bank and governments across the world will be to rebuild infrastructure. In Bosnia, 35 per cent of roads and 40 per cent of bridges have been damaged or destroyed. The railways are littered with mines. ...

  • Letter: Losers in the Budget are those on low incomes
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    Sir: On 29 November, Peter Lilley confirmed plans to cut benefits to asylum-seekers. Those who request asylum after arrival in the UK and those who appeal against a decision to deny them asylum will lose all form of income and benefit to pay housing ...

  • Striking a blow against Europe
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    But we go one better. We start talking about 1789. We start remembering phrases such as "the French are a civilised people with a tendency to revolution". And we proudly assume the role of the Duc de Liancourt in conversation with Louis XVI, in July ...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 4 December 1995

    1154: Nicholas Breakspear becomes Adrian IV, the last English pope. 1934: UK rail fares cut to a penny a mile. 1937: First appearance of Desperate Dan in the Dandy. 1961: Contraceptive pills become available on the NHS. 1988: Lorin Maazel conducts al...

  • 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...

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