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Thursday, 2 March 1995

  • Letter : Elgar's symphonic sketches deserve a hearing
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    But why is Mr Monk, like many others, so adamant about Elgar's supposed last wishes, uttered in a fit of despair? Reed, after all, did not do as Elgar asked and burn the sketches; while Elgar himself is also recorded as having said, "if I can't compl...

  • Letter : The best way to feed a baby
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    The new regulations ban all general advertising of infant formula to the public. Advertisements will be allowed only in baby care publications distributed through the health care system, and in scientific and certain trade publications that are not a...

  • Letter : Elgar's symphonic sketches deserve a hearing
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    The subject of Elgar's Third Symphony has long been a legitimate and indeed fascinating subject for journalistic and musical enquiry, and it is in this spirit that Anthony Payne will be exploring the subject in his Radio 3 documentary on 19 March as ...

  • Letter : Tests an accurate assessment for jobs
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    As the article pointed out, there is a wealth of evidence showing that psychometric testing is the most effective way of predicting job performance. This has been the case for a long time, as Sylvia Shimmin and Don Wallis's new book on "50 years of o...

  • Letter : Poor perception
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    Yesterday the House of Lords was debating the Rowntree Report, which argued precisely the case which Mr Clarke finds so ridiculous. Conservative attempts to rubbish the report foundered on three rocks: a balanced committee of impeccable reputation, t...

  • Letter : The best way to feed a baby
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    The new law, under the Food Safety Act 1990 (statutory instruments 1995 no. 77), will allow brand name advertising of baby milks to be targeted at mothers through the health care system in the UK, despite the overwhelming advice to the contrary of he...

  • Documentaries fit for heroes
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    By Percy Furnival's standards it almost was yesterday. Percy Furnival's flying days were in the First World War. By the time the Second World War came, he was too old to go on active flying duty. So as a result it has been a galling five years, this ...

  • POLEMIC : Eat, drink and be miserable
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    No wonder the latest Department of Health report this week reveals that English men and women are getting fatter, and smoking and drinking too much. Despite government health campaigns to persuade us to take more exercise and to look after our health...

  • Thank heavens for bad little boys
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    Mary Aspray, of the National Missing Person's Helpline, attacked The Word for being "irresponsible", and worries that the glamour of Kerry's trip will encourage other children to go missing. The Tory MP Harry Greenway harrumphs that the boy should no...

  • He just could not go quietly
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    He was due to retire gracefully from the board at the company's annual shareholders' meeting in three weeks. Instead he has been summarily dismissed because, said Lonrho, "his continuing public and irreconcilable differences with the company are in t...

  • Letter : Skilful skull
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    The musician in question was the Polish composer and pianist Andr Tchaikowsky, born in Warsaw in 1935. His parents fell victim to the Nazis, and he escaped to France and returned to Warsaw after the war. In 1957, he settled in England where he gave m...

  • Letter : On the up at work
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    Yours faithfully, DEREK CHARMAN Holcot, Northamptonshire

  • Letter : Family name is a happy burden
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    As the Dean's great-nephew sharing the family name, I have so often had to spell my name out after pronouncing it that it has become almost automatic. We are one of those families whose happy burden is to have a name that is not pronounced as its spe...

  • Letter : Why Ireland needs more MEPs
    Friday, 3 March 1995

    At present, the Republic of Ireland has 15 members of the European Parliament but Northern Ireland has three; in proportion to their population, the six counties of Northern Ireland therefore deserve (with or without devolution of powers from Westmin...

  • Letter: A Yugoslav commonwealth to unite the fearful
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: The suggestion in today's leading article "Bad news from the Balkans" (28 February), that the West "must come up with fresh proposals more suited to Balkan realities", is most timely. Unfortunately, judging by past experience, it is difficult to...

  • Letter: Hunting is a fact of country life
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: With regard to John McFall MP's upcoming Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill, it may be regrettable, but it is, nevertheless, a fact of nature that most of the animal kingdom hunts. Hunting is a fact of country life, not only for the pink-coated, gou...

  • Leading Article: Have gun, will shoot
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Armed police officers are entitled to shoot only if they are certain that their lives or the lives of bystanders are in danger, and their training obliges them to shoot to kill; the rationale being that a wounded gunman still has the capacity to shoo...

  • Leading Article: A farewell to arm-wrestling
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    It is impossible for a school governor or a parent to be sure who is right. Although 75 per cent of council budgets go on education, the local authorities also run planning, social services, roads and much more besides. There is no absolute relation ...

  • The sound of squeals from a Euro-snare
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Yesterday's was easily the best parliamentary performance by the Labour leader thus far and has surely achieved its ends. These were, first, to portray himself as true leader, a man of decision, and the Prime Minister as a prevaricating office-holder...

  • Letter: Companies' love of Shakespeare
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: Paul Taylor's remarks on the Barbican's Everybody's Shakespeare festival ("Making a drama out of a crisis", 23 February) imply that foreign companies were chosen according to their ability to pay their own way. This is an insult to the many fine...

  • Letter: Arts resurgence in Scotland
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: In your feature on the British arts funding system (18 February), David Lister spent two pages talking about the Arts Council (English), the regional arts boards (English) and the Department of National Heritage (English, in terms of arts fundin...

  • Letter: Profit and loss
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: A few questions arise with regard to the ruinous derivatives transactions and the collapse of Barings. If Nick Leeson were "successful" in his dealings, who would have benefited from the enormous profits which would have been made, obviously com...

  • Letter: It's hard enough being a parent
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: I write regarding your open letter to Peter Kerry (28 February), who stole his father's passport and escaped on the first flight out. The incident that preceded this dash for freedom probably involved more than just a bowl of dropped spaghetti b...

  • Letter: Beyond description
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: In your article on the Nolan Committee (24 February), Dame Anne Warburton was described as "somewhat matronly in appearance". Could you please provide me with a description of the other eight men and one woman? Yours faithfully, L. A. DOUGHERTY ...

  • Letter: Schools fail to fund pay award
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: Leicestershire has been unable to fund the teachers' pay award in full, despite the claims to the contrary by Gillian Shephard, the Secretary of State for Education (report, 21 February). To have done so, and fund the projected increase in pupil...

  • Leading Article: Tales of neglect and incompetence
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    For others the antics of the Leesons are no joke. There are real casualties of the Barings collapse - people who may have lost a great deal of money and will not get it back. The losers obviously want to know just how it was that the management at Ba...

  • Moss: the rocker who never rolled
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    1. In 1965, when the Rolling Stones were looking for a new drummer, they held auditions, at which their eye was caught by a musician called Jackie Moss. They favoured asking him to join the group, until their manager pointed out that although the nam...

  • Observations: What is it about Malaysia?
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    The remarkable thing is that he was not British but a New Zealander, though that in the eyes of the Malay authorities is probably a pretty fine distinction. Such antics they have come to suspect from decadent English-speakers. Who can blame them? In ...

  • Behind the Birmingham scandal
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    The background to the accusations is easily explained. Aspirants to become the next Member of Parliament for Sparkbrook are accused of obtaining improvement grants for party members in return for their support when a candidate is selected. The allega...

  • Letter: US 'missions other than war'
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: Richard Dowden ("No deserters in the global army", 7 February) should have read my book In Irons: US Military Might in the New Century more carefully before launching his diatribe against it. The salient points of the book, which were entirely m...

  • Letter: Braking: let's stay on the right track
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: Dr Ian Craighead's letter of 25 February is misleading. Any competent car driver knows that adhesion limits certainly are affected by tyre pressure and the area in contact with the road. The third-form physics cited by Dr Craighead is inadequate...

  • Letter: A Yugoslav commonwealth to unite the fearful
    Thursday, 2 March 1995

    Sir: In your leading article "Bad news from the Balkans', you seem to believe that the only force available to thwart Slobodan Milosevic's aims is the Western force that has not been - and will not be- used, while you pass over the Bosnian force that...

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