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Monday, 13 February 1995

  • Out of gags? Try Oscar Wilde
    Tuesday, 14 February 1995

    The columnists and pundits who remarked at the weekend of Eric Cantona that to kung-fu kick one person might be regarded as a misfortune, but to kung-fu kick two looked like carelessness, were merely the latest example of cultural homage to Lady Brac...

  • No such thing as a born killer Against nature Nature trail is leading us off the path Of mice and men Doing what come naturally Natural order of things It ain't natural naturally?
    Tuesday, 14 February 1995

    There are two main arguments put forward by advocates of a link between crime and genetics. First, they say, as genes are clearly responsible for natural attributes, why should they not also be responsible for human behaviour, including behavioural d...

  • Phobes to the right, phobes to the left
    Tuesday, 14 February 1995

    There was one political leader, more "phobe'' than sceptic, attempting to shred political and economic union, gleefully applauded by young devotees. Another leader, much more cautious, stressed the dangers of disruption to business, talking about the...

  • Happy to be last with the news
    Tuesday, 14 February 1995

    "Admiral Thornton has been crowned in the Bay of Biscay." "On the 7th inst, the Prince of Wales was at Gibraltar." "The highly respectable firm of Lutteroth and Co, of Trieste, has suspended payment." "Messrs Deane & Son have invented a new and i...

  • Vote for the `dreadful' man
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Yours sincerely, Nicholas Walter London, N1 12 February

  • Vote for the `dreadful' man
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    As a user of public transport, may I remind Mr. Norris that these "dreadful human beings" have one vital talent which he seems to have overlooked, namely, the ability to put a cross against a name on a ballot paper. When the next election comes, I tr...

  • Sexual art is inappropriate in the workplace
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    So far as I am concerned, artists should have complete freedom of expression. If they wish to paint nudes, they are and should be free to do so. There are plenty of places - both public and private - where the display of nudes is entirely acceptable:...

  • Fire service underfunding
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    The Fire Brigades Union welcomes the report's official recognition of the 55 per cent increase in our workload over the past decade, against a background of serious underfunding and no increase in staffing. We have warned ministers time and time agai...

  • Not all blacks on TV are role models
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Black people have had enough of being patted on the head and told the whys and wherefores of our reasoning and actions. We are not a mass of homogeneity! Messrs Fenton et al should note that we are individuals with separate cultures, ideals and persp...

  • Auden's public memories of school
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Although Auden strongly criticised the principles of a public school, he was actually happy at Gresham's and praised it for being most enlightened among public schools at that time. Yours sincerely, JOHN ARKELL Headmaster Gresham's School Holt, Norfo...

  • Your GP is cheaper than the plumber
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    This is true for visits made between l0pm and 8am, but all other home visits do not attract any extra payments. Try costing a plumber to do a home call-out between these hours. Yours etc, Barbara Noble Worfield, Shropshire 10 February

  • Terrorism is the only threat to Egypt
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Mr Fisk's article referred to Mallawi as a destitute town of dust, car workshops and cane-trading which the government has ignored. In fact, the Egyptian government has very ambitious plans to rebuild Egypt which is evident by the building of thousan...

  • Sexual art is inappropriate in the workplace
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    The paintings came from the university's art collection. One depicted a female nude, a self-portrait of the artist, Nicki Jane Palin. Another, a male nude by Sam Walsh, attracted the most negative comments. The third, a relatively "straight" portrait...

  • We seem to spend every penny we earn
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    I was a £350 a year clerk at the time. Each family set out in quite precise detail its weekly or monthly budgets, and I remember it was interesting to see that no family's budget, even with the higher salaries, contained spare cash with which to accu...

  • Vote for the `dreadful' man
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Passengers - including myself - have protested about this, but as the compulsory viewing (which includes advertising) represents additional income for the bus company, the protests are unheeded. Is this a subversive plot to drive us all back into our...

  • Sexual art is inappropriate in the workplace
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Yours sincerely, BRYAN ROBERTSON Lindos, Rhodes 10 February From Ms Jean Gilbert Sir: The distress caused by the paintings of nude figures, in the context of university public spaces,

  • We don't have to be so unequal
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Some of the factors contributing to rising inequality are external ones - intensifying competition in the global labour market - or part of the economic and social environment - like the effects of new technology. The Rowntree report concluded that w...

  • A tale of one man and his cine camera
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    If he hadn't been, it's doubtful that Arena would have devoted three long episodes to the career of a British character actor, however talented that actor was. (Spike Milligan has a much better claim to have reinvented British comedy, for example, bu...

  • Divided on the state of the Union
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Yesterday's head-on was promoted by the Scotsman, which has been leading up to it over the past fortnight with a daily "great debate" page and salvoes of readers' letters. Tickets were long ago sold out and BBC Scotland is transmitting the event on r...

  • No natural born killers
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    It is easy to see why such biological claims generate so much heat. Some will seize upon them to defend a belief that criminals are incorrigible and should be locked away for ever. Others will herald genetic engineering as offering society a salvatio...

  • Nelson should bid Winnie goodbye
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    With stunning candour Mr Mandela laid bare the harsh secret behind South Africa's peaceful transition to democracy. The miracle worked because he sacrificed long-standing principle on the altar of political pragmatism; to suspend majority rule until ...

  • Just get me out of Poets' Corner
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Mr Wilde, I believe congratulations are in order. You have finally been installed in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. Well, it has come a little late to give me any personal pleasure. I would prefer to have been installed in Westminster Abbey duri...

  • Now anyone can be Nelson Mandela
    Monday, 13 February 1995

    Striking, isn't it, what impulses we need to give that extra little jolt to the imagination? All the time that apartheid was in place, Lord Tebbit had no ability to understand what it was like for the blacks. You might have shouted until you were blu...

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