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  • Mysteries of the morning shower
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    Professor Rudolf Reinhardt has specialised all his life in the science of bathrooms. He has never been asked on Start the Week to talk about it. But he is not bitter. He understands why Melvyn Bragg never answers his letters. He thinks that Melvyn Br...

  • Today's lesson: excellence
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    New Labour will insist on high standards. Education, Tony Blair says, will be the passion of his government. For years Labour has talked about creating successful schools for everyone; only this year, by facing the tough question of how to deal with ...

  • The secret that Blair and Major share
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    And a nation looks on, bewildered. Goldsmith's UK Referendum Party is mobilising. John Redwood is organising a campaign to persuade British business that a single currency would be a disaster. The Conservative Party is preparing an onslaught against ...

  • Letter: Piling the blame on carpet-makers
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    For a long time, no carpet firm has been allowed to let any industrial effluent run off directly into the river. They discharge into the sewage system and are subject to tough regulations over what can be accepted at the sewage works. Even though som...

  • Letter: Home Office adds insult to injury over lone child refugees
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    Many young people arrive in Britain alone, as asylum-seekers or refugees, because of conflict in their country of origin. They often lose contact with their families because communication systems break down in war zones or because they are scared tha...

  • Letter: A dash of Nash
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    Women would rather be right than reasonable and Plus ca change, plus c'est la memsahib. Yours truly, Peter Hill Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire

  • Letter: Royal role models
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    Maybe not a lot of people know that, as the two ladies have probably not had the chance to arrange a television interview with the BBC, or telephone the News of the World for a little chat. Yours faithfully, Walter Paul Glasgow 4 December

  • Letter: Is the First Lady a Stepford Wife?
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    The debate occasionally broke through the social niceties to confront real issues. In one such moment, I asked her why single mothers had become the symbols at the heart of the moral and social debates and the male backlash both here and in the US. H...

  • Softly softly approach gives way to shock tactics
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    Department of Transport officials believe that recent advertising campaigns have been effective in reducing the drink-drive death toll. They point to a large drop in 1987 when the slant of the slogans and advertising shifted from warnings about getti...

  • One more for the road - and the morgue
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    Two decades of these shock ads have helped to change the social climate of drinking and driving. Drink-driving used to be considered a bit of a "laugh", the subject of pocket cartoons and comedians' jokes. Not any longer. It has become conventional w...

  • Letter: Is the First Lady a Stepford Wife?
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    It is sad and pathetic that someone of her intellect, integrity and rare good intentions can be maligned by so many people - first, being thought of as a raving feminist and then as a cookie-baking Barbara Bush wannabe. Male politicians change tack e...

  • Letter: Is the First Lady a Stepford Wife?
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    The Stepford Wife image is dated. Isn't what Mrs Clinton asked for - an invitation to converse with English women who might hold similar interests to hers - exactly how all women gather information? As working women, with children and concern for the...

  • Diary
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    The duo are to attend a gala performance of West Side Story at Wandsworth prison performed by inmates and Pimlico Opera. Since Lewis angrily accused Howard of unfair dismissal and interfering in operational matters this autumn, Tumim's gesture of fri...

  • Letter: Home Office adds insult to injury over lone child refugees
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    By visa controls and fines on carriers, the Home Office has made legal travel to Britain for asylum well-nigh impossible. Faced with costs of thousands of dollars per person for the forged documents or illegal travel required to escape from hell (whe...

  • Letter: Home Office adds insult to injury over lone child refugees
    Tuesday, 5 December 1995

    It is heartening to read that the Home Office is planning a crackdown on this "immoral" practice by seeking agreements with some of the main countries involved to stem the flow of unaccompanied children. Some of the regimes concerned will undoubtedly...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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 ...

  • 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,...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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