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Saturday, 25 March 1995

  • British Gas does ensure that sites are made safe
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Patrick McCarron Bath

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    NEAL Ascherson's anaysis ("Safe-keeping, or sacrifices to an unknown, uncertain future", 19 March) of what this century has tried to offer the future - from Stainism to heritage - misses the point. There is in fact something quite practica that we ca...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Graham Larkbey, London N6

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Frank Goddard, Southampton

  • British Gas does ensure that sites are made safe
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    British Gas inherited some 1,150 sites from former gas companies at privatisation in 1986. Most of these contained some degree of contamination left over from the old gas manufacturing processes. We have in train a multi-million pound programme to in...

  • British Gas does ensure that sites are made safe
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    The industry made £3bn a year for the Treasury, which, with the other nationalised industries, helped to keep taxes down. Now industry profits go into private back pockets. The obvious answer is to bring back Clause IV so that we can all work for the...

  • Ludwig's love
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Beethoven not only thought of his Beloved as immortal, but, like Shakespeare's Dark Lady, she has proved to be so, and for similar reasons. Doreen Stanfield London NW5

  • You can eat too much fruit
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Unless the fruit is organic or peeled, has she considered the cumulative effect of pesticide residues? Statements such as "occasionally I get cravings: I had a few baked potatoes but my body felt so strange after eating them I haven't wanted them sin...

  • Call mental illness just that
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    John Knight, who dislikes the term "handicapped", seems to confuse description with hostility: to describe someone as mentally handicapped is no more of a criticism than to describe them as poor, blind or deaf. The term "learning difficulties", if ap...

  • Militaristic boot camps don't work
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    There is another striking conclusion reached by recent American research concerning the varying reconviction rates of different boot camps. The most militaristic camps with the least focus on rehabilitation had the highest reoffending rates, while th...

  • That's rich!
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Foolishly, I had thought that owning a farm as a hobby, getting drunk on Chteau Lafitte and owning £60,000 diamond bracelets were the preserves of the rich. In the light of your article, however, I shall be reassessing class and wealth. My sympathy f...

  • Just how dangerous is Will Hutton?
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    It is ironic that Hamish McRae offers car production as a probable source of Britain's redemption because the "British" car industry is now owned by the Americans, the Germans and the Japanese. Much of the success of the car industry is due to Japane...

  • What language is "ecu"?
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    The ecu (European Currency Unit) is, of course, an old French coinage equivalent to the English crown. With its acute-accented first vowel and characteristically Frankish final one, ecu is unpronounceable in every European language apart from French....

  • Ideas for selling Unionists
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    First, under no circumstances or juggling of statistical facts can it be said that 90 per cent of the people in Northern Ireland want to be British. Second, to compare the Unionist position in Northern Ireland with Nelson Mandela's struggle is simply...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Molly Gilligan, London W6

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Janet Paraskeva, director of the National Youth Agency, calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis We must act now to ensure that English - and that to my way of thinking means English English - maintains its position as the world language well in...

  • WORDS:Dumb
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    MARY ELLEN SYNON, scorned and furious, has called Rupert Pennant-Rea "dumb" for dumping her when she was a journalist and he was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. Just the sort of word she would use, I thought; but not just because she is a str...

  • First, soak the mop ... the bear facts ... minimum effort :CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    n I EXPECT you have noticed the photograph below by now. Aye, aye, you will be saying, what's the old fool up to now? Bear with me. My eye was caught by an entry in a fascinating American book entitled Would You Believe It About Animals?, by Rose Gir...

  • Carpeted for keeping the wrong company
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Very well she read it, and very attractive she looked. But I really could not see why she should have been required, or felt herself to be under any obligation, to put on a public performance of this nature. After all, her husband was not a Tory MP. ...

  • We don't care any more
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    The ideas that Mr Blair was trying to express have been so unfamiliar for so long that even he struggles to put much flesh on them. They are represented by such words as duty, responsibility, public virtue, citizenship, civic pride, community. They w...

  • Every few decades Berlin shrugs off the past and reinvents itself
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    Last week, I spent a happy day in Berlin. This is a place I used to live and work in, where some of my ancestors lived and worked a century-and- a-half ago. Getting up at daybreak, before six, I walked and walked in that marvellous dry air which neve...

  • Twin faces of a fast decade
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    What a relief to open the papers the next day and see a flash of the old Helen, groomed and polished, determinedly power dressed, legs as good as ever, behaving impeccably and all the more impressive for standing on her own two feet and not, like som...

  • Jobless in Liverpool but legless in Leipzig
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    For four days we were on Leipzig station in what was until recently East Germany. The camera, lights and general film paraphernalia were cordoned off from the rest of the station, and the East Germans would stand behind us watching for hours with the...

  • Dairies shouldn't lose their bottle
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    I wonder what Somerset Avenue would be now: 011200100030002, I expect. In 1979, according to the National Dairy Council, 50,000 milkmen delivered to 90 per cent of households; now 20,000 bring milk to 50 per cent. Brussels stopped us keeping shop pri...

  • Clown prince of cool
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    As a television presenter, Holland lacks any of the usual qualifications: fluency, bouncy confidence, or a love-me-please demeanour. And though he is an almost automatic first choice to present contemporary music shows, his own music is rooted in the...

  • Literary envy is certainly not my style, Martin
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    And so I come, in my delightfully roundabout way, much imitated by other scriveners on these estimable pages (no names, no pack-drill, Mr Watkins!!) to the topical subject of literary envy. Of course, I bring a certain amount of expertise to my knowl...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 26 March 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Ludger who lived in Friesland (the Netherlands) during the days of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Ludger was educated and ordained in England before returning home to the profitable and not very holy business of s...

  • LETTER:Private finance and the NHS: profits before patients or value for money?
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: You are to be congratulated on drawing the attention of the public to the extension of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), a major threatened inroad of privatisation into the NHS ("Private firms to run NHS hospitals", 23 March). As you point o...

  • LETTER:Tough cookies
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: With regard to the renaming of Royal Navy cooks (Diary, 21 March), it is said that the naval cookery course must be the most difficult of all naval courses, since none have ever passed it. Yours faithfully, WILLIAM JOHNSON Chester 21 March

  • LETTER:Per capita costs
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: As a "headhunter" with 12 years' international experience, I am bemused by the "competitive market" argument used to justify chief executives' pay, particularly in public utilities. If someone needs to be paid £500,000 today to prevent them from...

  • LETTER:Private finance and the NHS: profits before patients or value for money?
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: You are in danger of misleading your readers that construction companies will provide clinical services for our hospitals. The NHS is not being "privatised". Hospitals have always been built by the private sector. The new guidance on the Private...

  • LETTER:Not such a lot for Camelot
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: Marianne Macdonald's article, "In Camelot, they make magic" (22 March), is misleading in a number of respects. Camelot has made clear on numerous occasions that, over the seven-year life of the operating licence, it will receive an average of ap...

  • LETTER:How hospital saved my son
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: Thanks to Professor Chris Redman ("Mother died in Childbirth, dear. In 1995", 20 March), I no longer feel heretical. A year ago, my baby was overdue by about a week and I had begun to feel tired. My blood pressure had risen, slightly, and I was ...

  • LETTER:Why art galleries deserve respect
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: As owner of a West End art gallery, I read Jonathan Glancey's article ("Art galleries: dontcha hate 'em?", 21 March) with an increasing sense of despair. His description of West End galleries and their staff resurrects the well-worn stereotypes ...

  • Private finance and the NHS: profits before patients or value for money?
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Sir: The new NHS guidance on the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) referred to in Rosie Waterhouse's article "Private firms to run NHS hospitals" may remove some of the confusion that has latterly bedevilled capital investment in the service, but a fu...

  • Michelle's pratfall for Mr Pratley Lethal woman turns tame
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Further to my piece last week, however, about surfaces and soda crystals - in which I established my credentials, I think, as a single-parent father and a victim of the crisis in masculinity - I can now see that this view was rampantly sexist and con...

  • Censorship: how the other half lies
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    I regard it as meaning the denial or interdiction of information by decree (usually Order in Council, occasionally by Statute) when applied by government. The term can be stretched to include deliberate omission or distortion of "news" by private or ...

  • Party on the edge of a nervous breakdown
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Many once-solid MPs want John Major to go, even so, to minimise the defeat; if he won't, others are determined to force him out in the autumn. Still others, though, think that a leadership contest would be the final act of nervelessness that would co...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Sharper, clearer, greener, better
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    But then, according to several recent works, the whole area of environment and greenery is rife with hypocrisy, exaggeration and wrong-headedness. Wilfred Beckerman's Small is Stupid and Richard North's Life on a Modern Planet take issue with just ab...

  • Science is for everyone, whatever they try to tell you
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Witness the success of this year's National Science Week, ending tomorrow, which has staged more than 3,000 events ranging from conventional lectures and meetings through debates on science and religion, to the setting up of a 15ft high model of DNA ...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 25 March 1995

    Students without savings or money from their parents need to work so many hours to make ends meet, it is hardly worth being at university at all - National Union of Students' spokesman I wasn't too happy because I kept thinking I might end up doing s...

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