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  • Birthdays
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Lord Amery of Lustleigh, former MP, 76; Mr David Andrews, chairman, Gwion Ltd, 62; Miss Ruth Ashton, former general secretary, Royal College of Midwives, 56; Mr Robert Bauman, chairman, British Aerospace, 64; Professor Alastair Bellingham, president,...

  • DIARY
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Brian Stynes, not content with addressing the Bantry issue, has also given thought to my habit of dictating while perambulating in a graveyard. "A piece of string knotted slightly above your waist," he suggests, "together with a bottle of British She...

  • A people crying out for equality
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Oh, but we are, we are, Mr Demirel. Do not forget that it was only 14 years ago, after the military coup of September 1980, that the use of Kurdish in private conversations in Turkey was officially forbidden. The attitudes of the Turkish authorities ...

  • Anniversaries
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Births: Louis XVII, King of France, 1785; Heinrich Adam, landscape painter, 1787; Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny, poet, 1797; Baron Georges-Eugne Haussmann, replanner of Paris, 1809; Charles Mackay, poet and journalist, 1814; George Job Elvey, organis...

  • LETTER:PE teachers must be paid in full
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Sir: Your report "Curriculum `driving out school sport' " (22 March) states that "the number of non-specialist PE teachers prepared to help with after-school sport continues to fall". This is not surprising. For 16 years in grammar schools I spent ev...

  • LETTER:Science is not an easy subject
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Sir: Tom Wilkie ("Science is for everyone, whatever they try to tell you", 25 March) distorts my views on science. Far from wishing to absolve scientists from any responsibility to society, I have set out their obligations at some length. I have urge...

  • More noise, fewer voices
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Current rules are straightforward and are based simply on ownership. Newspaper proprietors can own no more than 20 per cent of a terrestrial television company, with similar restrictions applying to local radio and cable. They are based on the princi...

  • How Tyson met his Waterloo
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    There has been no speculation at all about what kind of novel he will write. Yet one of the major changes that has taken place in his absence is that celebrities, especially sportspeople, have started writing novels. Or at least having novels written...

  • Wake up Britain: Europe's not the world
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    The end of the Cold War has destroyed old ideological and military alignments and it is no longer so clear who our friends and enemies are; yet adjustment to this new, more uncertain environment has scarcely begun. The centre of gravity of the world ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Hot kitchen at breakfast time
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    The fact that several of Mr Aitken's colleagues yesterday whined in harmony demeans them and their party more than it damages the BBC. It has now become something of a ritual for Conservatives to accuse the BBC of anti- government bias when they are ...

  • OBITUARY:Joseph Needham
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    For more than 30 years Needham had been the greatest Sinologist in the West, having previously achieved an international status as a research biochemist and as a historian of more than science. Intellectually a bridge- builder between science, religi...

  • LETTER:Art and the human condition
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Sir: Following Marianne Macdonald's article ("Q: which photo shows a work of conceptual art and which a jumble sale?", 25 March) which reports my comment that the question "is it art?" is of little relevance, may I be allowed to explain why. After be...

  • LETTER:Brunel's tunnel
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Sir: With regard to the debate over London Underground's proposals to waterproof the inside of Brunel's Thames Tunnel ("The Great Bore in its time - a forgotten gem in ours", 22 March), Brunel's Thames Tunnel, the first of its kind in the world, was ...

  • LETTER:Burundi's precarious future
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Sir: Your leading article of 23 February ("Saving Rwanda's troubled twin") rightly highlights the increasingly precarious situation in Burundi. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) officially handed over a memo to the United Nations ba...

  • Egg-bound in this Tory pudding
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    It is this continual asking for more, this hogging of central power, this obstinate request for a second, a third, a fourth chance that has become so intolerable. We admit that, technically speaking, there is no rule against a party being returned to...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Lilley's frosty welcome home
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Wrong. More and more returnees are finding that not only does the British weather seem worse. They are also discovering that the social security system is turning its back on them. They may have been born in Britain, hold British citizenship and have...

  • No. 9: imprisonism ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Hence imprisonism n practice of individuals being jailed for offending society but emerging as heroes, usually gaining great financial reward. Orig: E Cantona, footballer and philosopher. Failed to avoid jail sentence for extending French handshake t...

  • LETTER:Unemployment figures mean what you want them to mean
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Sir: Phillip Oppenheim (letter, 24 March) is right to say that the monthly count of unemployed claimants currently produces similar totals to the Labour Force Survey's ILO count (letter, 24 March). However, this is something of a coincidence. Althoug...

  • LETTER:Unemployment figures mean what you want them to mean
    Monday, 27 March 1995

    Sir: That one million or more people are missing from the official unemployment count (Letters, 22 and 24 March) - whether the claimant or Labour Force Survey (LFS) measure is used - can be demonstrated as follows. The household-based LFS recorded 2....

  • 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...

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