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Friday, 10 February 1995

  • Long-distance runner on his last lap
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    More than vanity made him go to such lengths to project his gravitas. Only 18 months before, a colonel in the civil guard, Antonio Tejero, had marched into parliament and held nearly every politician in Spain at gunpoint for 24 hours. Veteran sociali...

  • Let the slogan be: independence for England
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    I suspect that for many in England, the terms "British" and "English" are interchangeable, but in Scotland there is no such confusion. As a nation we have our own legal system, our own established church, our own banks, our own football team and our ...

  • Some of my best friends are over 80 In praise of age
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    I'm not ageist. I even like some teenagers. But others are, and eyebrows are raised at my relationships with people substantially older than me. There is still a widespread presumption among the undiscerning young and middle-aged that the aged are nu...

  • LETTER : Carnival brings no crime boom
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    In fact, the rates of criminality or death are the same during the days of carnival in Rio de Janeiro as at any other time of the year - and they are no greater in Rio than in any other big city in the world. The frenzy is a component of the spirit o...

  • LETTER : Don't let pay row divide the NHS
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    The medical and nursing professions have been united in their opposition to the introduction of local pay in the health service. The British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing have campaigned jointly at both national and local level...

  • LETTER : Public transport builds community spirit
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    This is a greener, healthier and more enjoyable form of transport than either the car or public transport, and until both politicians and the great unwashed on Britain's buses embrace (metaphorically) the humble bike, our cities will continue to chok...

  • LETTER : Classroom `trench warfare'
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    Comparisons of size of class/number of school hours between different countries has shown that number of school hours is a better predictor of academic success than class size. For example, Japan has large class sizes but works almost twice the numbe...

  • LETTER : A winter's tale
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    However, the final allegedly atypical revolutionary that Tom Wilkie mentioned, Che Guevara, was an Argentinian - his June birthday did, therefore, fall in the winter. Yours, GARETH WYN JONES London, W1 9 February

  • LETTER : Prague's claim to centralism
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    In the course of a reporting trip for the Daily Telegraph Magazine from the Black Sea to the Baltic, I had found that the Bulgarians talked about their country as a bridge between East and West for a thousand years, the Romanians said they were Latin...

  • Why we say Yes to a single currency
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    There are good reasons for wanting further European integration. You do not have to be French to believe that containing Germany within a close European family makes sense. But flourishing the Euro-ideal is not enough. The decision about the single c...

  • LETTER : Public transport builds community spirit
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    Does he realise what he is missing by not travelling on public transport? So many facets of human life can be found, so many sights can be seen, so many conversations overheard and wondered upon! So much more interesting than travelling in an air-con...

  • LETTER : Public transport builds community spirit
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    I have been driving buses in London for 10 years, and still believe that this Government should give serious consideration to improving public transport here, if more people are to make better use of it. The existentialist fear that we are isolated a...

  • LETTER : Public transport builds community spirit
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    If he travelled regularly on inner-city buses, he would soon realise that sitting in a warm comfortable car alone or with passengers of his choice is preferable to sitting surrounded by a cross-section of the public and being exposed to screaming chi...

  • LETTER : Classroom `trench warfare'
    Saturday, 11 February 1995

    Just as it is, however, too simple to argue that larger class sizes would lead to a reduction of standards in schools, neither can we dismiss the fact that it is not merely the school which provides the sole route to learning. Work undertaken by the ...

  • Leading Article:Reuniting the two nations
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    These images may seem extreme, but deep divisions are already unmistakeable. The report shows that the Eighties witnessed a dramatic reversal in the post-war trend towards a reduction in inequality. Britain had virtually the worst record: only in New...

  • Leading Article:Sitting next to Mr Norris
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Extolling the virtues of car travel to a select committee, Mr Norris listed one of its advantages over public transport as ``not having to put up with dreadful human beings sitting next to you". Immediately the Opposition spokesperson, Michael Meache...

  • Doing things the Army way: Another View
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    That is why the Army, and especially the Parachute Regiment, are so furious. A court martial would certainly have sentenced these four more severely. It has been suggested that the Commanding Officer should now send them to prison or kick them out of...

  • Letter:Tie gives drinkers cheaper beer
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Your article refers to the ultimate demise of the tie. More likely, further interference will lead to the ultimate demise of the British pub as we know it. It is no coincidence that because of the strength of the tie in Britain, customers in a pub en...

  • Letter: Observations on a new editor
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    This was all bunkum. It was based on no conversation with any of the seven people in a position to know the truth. There was no such division. The committee was unanimous in its recommendation of Andrew Jaspan to the Trust. But your reporter's invent...

  • Letter:Paras' penalty makes sense
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Community service may seem a soft option to those not in full-time work. But these soldiers are working. Community service is intended to be, and is, not merely something useful done for the benefit of the community, but also a punitive curtailment o...

  • Letter:Office blocks mar Newcastle splendour
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Of course, the strategy of finding new uses for the elegant listed buildings of the city is welcome. In my view, however, Newcastle's attractiveness as a regional capital would be greatly enhanced by the demolition of the uglier 1960s/70s office bloc...

  • Letter:Freedom myth takes liberties
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    The sovereignty of Parliament - allegedly derived from the ancient traditions of the Saxon Witan before the Normans invaded from France - was the myth which Protestant parliamentarians developed in their struggle with the Stuarts. Unionists embellish...

  • Letter:Facing facts
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    I am a 31-year-old married man, working in the construction industry and live in North Wales - how much more of a "real man" do I have to be? This is the 1990s, and gender should not be cited to inhibit any individual's penchants. Yours faithfully, M...

  • Letter:Primary schools, British Gas and veal
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    I knew that what I did and how I did it was important to her. It made me want to please her. She made time for me, even inviting me to her house on one or two occasions. It is only now, nearly 30 years later, with my eldest child soon to start school...

  • Letter:Nudes in public places are spiritually uplifting
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    To me, the issue is not the objectification of nude women in art but the appropriateness of hanging the pictures in a conference room. As a visitor to the university, I felt distinctly uncomfortable with the paintings. I would have felt the same way ...

  • Primary schools, British Gas and veal
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    What sort of society are we to allow massive salaries and share preferences to some while denying the best possible education to our children? How many leaders of industry could cope with 35 six-year-olds and manage a declining budget, school premise...

  • The comfort of strangers
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    And in any case ( I told the hitch-hiker) what Mr Steven Norris was saying about the pleasures of going by car and avoiding all those terrible people you meet on public transport was said a long time ago and much better by Mr Willie Rushton, the arti...

  • Single currency, double-speak
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    This view, quite commonly held among MPs, too, is profoundly wrong. The rows and cavortings over monetary policy in recent days may have resembled a surreal comedy, but they have the makings of a much darker drama. Whether it would join a European si...

  • Time to tap into the resources of disabled people
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    The Bill, which has been drawn up by disability groups and others over a decade, would directly affect 6.5 million people in the UK. It enjoys support from all ten political groups in Parliament: it ought to become law. Ironically, the greatest obsta...

  • How active citizens become activists
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Active citizens, according to stereotype, wear permanent pleats and Barbours, are law-abiding, respectable and paranoid. They are the scourge of the enemy within. Activists wear dreadlocks and army-surplus gear: they are the enemy within. All of our ...

  • Letter:Nudes in public places are spiritually uplifting
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    I attend an evening class once a week on international law. On one of the walls, there is a reproduction of a Auguste Renoir's painting of a female nude depicted in warm French sunlight. There has never once been a complaint and probably the picture ...

  • Letter:Nudes in public places are spiritually uplifting
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Yours sincerely, MARJORIE DAWSOn London, E17 8 February

  • Letter:Nudes in public places are spiritually uplifting
    Friday, 10 February 1995

    Political correctness in the arts is an intriguing and disturbing phenomenon. I wondered whether Maia ni Bhrolchain's problem with objectification applied solely to women (was not Adam also objectified in Larry Wakefield's urban landscape?) or to nud...

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