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Saturday, 18 February 1995

  • Nautical language ... who's so vain? ... and furry bikinis
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    n AND you thought all advertising people were hard-hearted, money-grubbing cynics who think compassion is a new soap? So did I until my health services correspondent, Bedpan, telephoned with the tale of the agency charged with a £400,000 campaign on ...

  • Bhutto must defy the mullahs : LEADING ARTICLE
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    This is a disgraceful case, which brings great discredit to Pakistan's legal system, to the name of Islam, and to the Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. Salamat Masih stands accused of writing graffiti, aged 11, on the wall of a mosque in his Punjab vil...

  • Football needs a cold shower : LEADING ARTICLE
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    A large section of the population, many of them women, may have wondered what the fuss was about. A football match of no competitive importance was abandoned. Nobody was killed, as people were at the Heysel, Hillsborough and Bradford; city centres we...

  • Myths about the pound in your pocket
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    This is what so many senior Conservatives are so desperate to prevent: British people forsaking their historic pound and talking and trading in the same currency used by Frenchmen and Germans. Would it be such a big deal? Would Britain really miss th...

  • Genes are not excuse enough : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    It disturbs me that we all collude with the effort to deny our own responsibility in this. It is not that a genetic blueprint "forces" us to behave in inappropriate or violent ways, but that we repeat, in a compulsive way, some inappropriate or viole...

  • At long last! A literary prize for the clubbable
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    But this is not to say that my time as a judge has been without incident. Far from it. You will remember that I was one of the panel of judges of the Booker Prize - the others being Miss (Msss!) Libby Purves, Mrs Edwina Currie, Sir Roy Strong, Lord W...

  • Major is the best bastard the Tories have got : Political Commentary
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Last week there were stories that Mr John Major's government had likewise lost the will to live. This was something which the Macmillan government of 1959-63 did not do. Still less did the Home administration that succeeded it. Indeed, Lord Home near...

  • Football fear : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    His poorly thought-out argument is bad enough, his flippant "apart. . . from a death or two," an insult to the memories of 96 victims. David Woodhall Tipton, West Midlands

  • Happiness is a play boxed up The Geraldine Bedell interview
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Gray is the author of a slew of successful stage plays - Butley, Otherwise Engaged, Quartermaine's Terms, The Common Pursuit; and television dramas - After Pilkington and Old Flames - as well as a few flops (success, even for a highly successful play...

  • Locked out : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Brighton has an exception- ally high proportion of skilled and qualified people, yet many are unemployed, and the town is a notorious unemployment black spot. The phenomenon is easily explained. There are half-a- million square feet of vacant offices...

  • Son of Zeus and Hermes too : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Brian Mellowship London SE12

  • A society that falls back on miming the creation of its wealth is sick
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    The article was, it turned out, a nervously-diluted extract from a chapter in Raphael Samuel's new book, Theatres of Memory. The original is a good deal ruder. It attacks "The Heritage Baiters" - not only me but the writers Patrick Wright (author of ...

  • Tebbit's comparison is crass : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    J Mitchell Cheltenham

  • Just Michael and me in the radio car
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Me: Mr Portillo, you say that you're firmly behind the Prime Minister and that you're not after his job. What if he dies tomorrow? Portillo: Well, I don't think that's very likely to happen. Me: He might do, though. What then? Portillo: Er, Mr Major'...

  • Not cheery about fears
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    I HAVE no objection to criticism, but last week an attack on me in an editorial bore little relation to what I've actually said ("Yes, the young have always managed", 12 February). My first crime was to be "cheery" about globalisation. Strangely enou...

  • Fry should read the critics : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Fry is a comic genius, up there with Hancock and Cleese, but to say of critics that there is nothing worse that human beings can be is to take the side of rich and successful media stars and to give two fingers to those of us who try to make sense of...

  • Good clause : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Tim Mickleburgh Grimsby, Lincs

  • More galit : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Wage inequalities have certainly not been "cancelled out" in France and these are not figures that the French socialists will wish to flaunt as their presidential campaign moves into second gear. However, the Thatcher- Major reign would seem to be wa...

  • MoD: pay first, prove later Find causes of syndrome first : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    It seems to me that these people have undergone some sort of damage to their central nervous system which could manifest itself virtually anywhere in the body. Because of this, I would not expect the Ministry of Defence to admit any form of responsib...

  • Some workers get share options as well : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    J I Walker Whittingslow, Shrops

  • Gender : Words
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    CLARE SHORT, the Labour Party's women's spokesperson, has produced a document proposing among other things that government departments compile "gender disaggregated statistics". This is a dignified variant of the statisticians' corny old joke about p...

  • Why treat us like dimwits?
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    It is hard to get hold of what the authors are trying to say in the report because there is little concrete and direct speech: "Quality, in other words, is a complex idea and it is genre-specific, particular to each type of programme" or "The `arts' ...

  • It is better to travel cheaply than not at all : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Robert Spencer Rosyth, Scotland

  • Some workers get share options as well : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    The share prices of the shares under option rose sharply subsequently. This was largely a result of the surge in profitability of the companies, arising from a range of possible causes from the exploitation of monopoly advantage to greater efficiency...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Lorna M Miller, Newcastle

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of St Conrad, a holy hermit of Sicily who learned of his saintly vocation by accident. Born in the 14th century to a noble family of Piacenza, he was out hunting and ordered some brush burned to flush out the game. The fire bur...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Bron O'Brien, London N16

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Georgina Wragg, Norwich

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Bernard Harbor, Dublin

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Rafaela Mottram, Salisbury

  • Tebbit's comparison is crass : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Worse still is Lord Tebbit's inference ("I begin to understand how it was that Nelson Mandela was not able to tell black South Africans that it was their duty to obey the law") that he might possibly have the same moral authority as Mandela. Compared...

  • It is better to travel cheaply than not at all : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    For example, the claim that "tourists" feel happy paying twice the going rate and make no attempt to haggle over prices ignores basic human behaviour. Ask any tourist in an organised group how they feel and the chances are you will hear the familiar ...

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    Jean Kierans on John Major No rising hope on the political scene who offered his services to Labour when I happened to be its leader can be dismissed as an opportunist. Michael Foot on Tony Blair If Jesus were around today he would be on the picket l...

  • Some workers get share options as well : LETTER
    Sunday, 19 February 1995

    IN "Privatised power bosses give themselves £72m in shares" (12 February) you printed a national table of electricity directors' salaries and shares sourced from Labour Party research. The table and some of the claims made are a misrepresentation of ...

  • Leading article:Unionists hold a weak hand
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    It is a disturbing prospect. Unionist politicians have scuppered previous initiatives. This time, Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionists have already declared their opposition to a "sell-out". So far, Mr Molyneaux has kept his counsel, but the mood is ch...

  • Where the main man is a Lady
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    "What's up?" I said. "I'm not going into the jungle with you," she said. "You're not streetwise." My heart sank. If Miss Mason had joined the ranks of the streetwise, we would be disconnected from the national grid by tea time and our goods would be ...

  • The perils of genetic determinism
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Doubtless they wanted a strong and coherent message to emerge from their meeting. Sequencing of the human genome attracts so much funding that it would be surprising if a few of those in the behavioural sciences were not interested in some of that gr...

  • Letter:Isolation of Azerbaijan
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: While it is only natural that the tragedy in Chechnya should take centre stage in the Caucasus region, it should not be overlooked that Azerbaijan is now facing what amounts to an embargo by Russia. Still piqued by the signing of the oil deal wi...

  • Letter:Barbaric sentence for Oscar Wilde
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Your reporter's notion that placing a memorial to Oscar Wilde in Poets' Corner was to welcome him back into the literary establishment bemused me ("Wilde joins the establishment 100 years late", 15 February). A mark of contrition it may have bee...

  • Letter:Primates must work together
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Birute Galdikis ("A lifelong quest to save man's closest relative", 15 February) is correct to stress the problems of urban encroachment and the ensuing conflict between people and the natural environment in Indonesia. Lasting solutions will onl...

  • Prince Rupert at a dangerous gallop heady
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    The answer is entirely in character. One of the attractions of Kenneth Clarke is that what you see is what you get. He's a jazz fan - having progressed from Acker Bilk to Gerry Mulligan and Charlie Parker in his teens - because he loves it; he watche...

  • Letter:Fruity rhyme
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Miles Kington writes (15 February) that "orange" is one of those words for which there is no rhyme in the English language. May I suggest "lozenge"? Yours faithfully, H. PATROONS Abingdon, Oxfordshire

  • EMU would allow greater European growth
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    A further international ramification of a single currency is surely that monetary co-operation between Europe, Japan and the US would become easier simply because there would be fewer players. In addition, Europe would carry more political weight in ...

  • Letter:These streets were made for walking
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Turning back the tide of modern traffic unfortunately involves a lot more than physical restraints on vehicle speed ("Battle of the bump", 15 February). Pavement parking is a very visible national symptom of the degradation of street life and wa...

  • Letter:Football's new war zone
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: Surely it is wrong to ridicule the Tory Right for insisting on outdated passport controls to keep foreigners out of these wondrous isles while Irish and Continental football associations are frantically trying to avoid having to come here for th...

  • Fill in the white, not the green, for a passport to hell
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    I'm laden because of my work and my personality. Last week was a good example. Work demanded I take with me across the Atlantic the laptop, its printer, a tape recorder and a dictating machine and accompanying junk, several books, newspapers and work...

  • Letter:Football's new war zone
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: It is evident that the Football Association is unable to guarantee that only true football supporters will accompany the England international team abroad. I therefore feel that the Football Association of Ireland should ensure future matches be...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Whatever Tony Blair lacks in a Labour upbringing, his wife makes up for it - Michael Foot Genuinely sensitive information makes up a small part of our official secrets. Truth is suppressed, not to protect the country from enemy agents but to protect ...

  • Letter:Football's new war zone
    Saturday, 18 February 1995

    Sir: I am an Irishman who has lived, very happily, in England for a number of years. I watched the match at Lansdowne Road with an English friend who stated, unequivocally, that England should no longer host the European Championship. I believe he is...

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