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Tuesday, 5 December 1995

  • A place where the nation can make heroes
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    The notion has considerable pedigree. There are those who feel that Harold Wilson only lost the 1970 general election because England's footballers had just been knocked out of the World Cup. John Major wants to make sure the same thing doesn't happe...

  • View from the top: what the experts think of a new centre of sporting excellence
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Presenter, Sport on 4, former Welsh Rugby Union international Anything that gives people the opportunity to improve themselves is admirable. In Australia, they've got an academy and they produce wonderful athletes, and one hopes the same thing could ...

  • Leading Article: Labour must do better with sums
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    But the left has often done the disadvantaged few favours by its attitudes. Low expectations of children generate low self-esteem and probably low qualifications. Meanwhile real inadequacies in schools can be missed when little is expected of their p...

  • Leading Article: To beef or not to beef ...
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Yet the prospect of bumping into either of them in McDonald's is not wholly reassuring. Despite their advice, more and more people are giving up eating beef products for fear that they might become infected with a human form of BSE, better known as m...

  • Letter: Singular view of cohabitation
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    The report of the Church of England's Board of Social Responsibility resulted from wide, practical and scholarly consultation, and carries the sub-title "Valuing families in Church and Society". A highly respectable document, its constructive deliber...

  • Letter: Shelling out presents to Nigerian chiefs
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    If Mr Orr understands the traditions and customs of Nigeria, he knows that any citizen formally visiting a community other than his own would pay his or her respects by presenting a gift of some substance, usually liquor and kola nuts, or a token in ...

  • Letter: The threat from the Bible
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Erasmus had produced a printed edition of the Greek Testament in 1516. Luther and Tyndale followed this in 1522 and 1526 respectively with translations of it into German and English. Martin Luther managed to complete his Bible by translating the Old ...

  • Letter: Passing sentence
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Yours sincerely, at 15 words a sentence, Stephen T. G. Butterworth Staplehurst, Kent

  • Letter: Shanghai'd Scots
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Mr Ferguson, from his name, is presumably a Scot who has sought his fortune in England, moving to where the opportunities offer. Does he consider himself an oik? Yours etc, Alastair Stewart Little Baddow, Essex

  • Patients' champion the NHS should fear
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    John Spiers has just been appointed chairman of the Patients Association. What's that? Barely heard of it? You will. This quiet, respectable charity founded in 1963, part-financed by the Department of Health, has hardly been a player in the past few ...

  • Letter: Let's put the UK back in Unesco
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Whatever the reasons at the time for leaving, they are no longer valid. Under the leadership of Dr Federico Mayor, Unesco has not only reformed itself, but also continues to play a vital role in the fields of education, science, art, culture and envi...

  • Letter: Wind is blowing towards turbines
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    However, there are many aspects of wind power generation that are not open to subjective assessment. In consistently ignoring the huge technical progress of the last 10 years (to suggest that today's machines have the same power output relative to th...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Take note: banks do care
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Populist pressure groups are quick to rise to the cry that banks are uncaring, unsympathetic and generally deserve eternal damnation for their sins. Unfortunately, they tend to forget the context. With 54 million personal accounts, and millions of tr...

  • Letter: The truth about Santa will out
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Yours faithfully, John Douch Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

  • Letter: Who'll vouch for it?
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Yours sincerely, Alastair Campbell Press Secretary to Tony Blair House of Commons London, SW1

  • The battle for Europe's future
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    The plan, as devised in Maastricht in December 1991, was that Germany, France and as many other European Union countries as possible would launch a single currency by January 1999 at the latest. The EU would simultaneously take a substantial step tow...

  • Have I got news for you, or not?
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Well, let's find out! Here is a simple test. I'm going to print several "news stories" taken from the last few days, and all you have to do is say which ones are true, and which ones are made up. It's as easy as that. Here we go now! 1. Stephen Dorre...

  • bridge
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    North 4J 4 !Q 5 3 #A K 8 5 28 7 6 2 West East 47 5 3 4A Q 10 9 8 2 !A 4 !6 2 #Q J 6 4 3 2 #8 2Q 5 2A 9 4 3 South 4K 6 !K J 10 9 8 7 #10 7 2K J 10 "Amazing, isn't it? How a moment's inattention can cost so many tricks," mused West after a distinctly u...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    One felt a little invaded by the bio-pic now doing the rounds: the ordinary perils of voyeurism being compounded by possessiveness. The film was badly flawed by leaving her relations with women conspicuously alone. Still, it tells a good story, and w...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    The first 15 moves have all been played before, but Timman's 16.b4!? is clearly the result of homework. After 16...cxb3 17.Bxb3 cxd5 18.Rac1, White will regain his piece with huge advantage. As the game went, White's knights invaded the black camp, b...

  • Letter: Singular view of cohabitation
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Some of us in our sixties wholive together for mutual support and comfort have reluctantly chosen to do so because of the inequitable state of English pension law regarding widows, and particularly divorced widows. I realise no divorce is an ideal, b...

  • Letter: Shelling out presents to Nigerian chiefs
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    What became crystal clear, though, is that the Body Shop's published credo is simply to "care for people, animals and the environment", while high on the list of Shell's published values are "responsibilities to shareholders" and "profitability is es...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Santa Clauses, with the announcement of a one-day course in London next week for trainee Father Christmases. They will learn reindeer names and how to deal with beard-tuggers. a bad day for: Prolixity, as the Israeli cabinet became the first to use a...

  • Diary
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    Not that it was the only thing around to trip up the South Africans. Now we are at last exposed to the country's sportsmen, it is alarming to discover the preponderence of the Mullet haircut among its cricketers. This long-at-the-back-short-at-the-si...

  • Letter: The truth about Santa will out
    Wednesday, 6 December 1995

    How dreary! Once a year the notion of Father Christmas provides an opportunity to bring a little happiness, fun and kindness into the lives of children all over the world, even in some countries where the traditional "myths" are very different from o...

  • 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...

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