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Tuesday, 28 March 1995

  • LETTER:No defence for emperor's new clothes
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: I was so moved by Catherine Wilkinson's letter that I went and looked at my chest of drawers. I found some discarded underwear in the bottom drawer that was on the verge of becoming very abject. I thought of resuscitating and re-animating it, bu...

  • LETTER:BBC and bias: public perceptions counter Conservative fears
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Whatever the Director-General may prefer, I hope that my erstwhile colleagues John Humphrys and the rest of BBC News and Current Affairs will stand up to the latest outburst of bullying from the Government of the day. Years ago we were taught, m...

  • LETTER:BBC and bias: public perceptions counter Conservative fears
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: As Conservative ministers are once again claiming that the BBC is biased against them ("BBC braced for new allegations of bias from Conservatives", 27 March), it is interesting to consider the results of audience research which shows that the pu...

  • LETTER:Community care is best
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: We were very pleased to see the Independent highlighting the controversy over village communities for the mentally handicapped. Brian McGuinness, of Mencap, misrepresents the views of thousands of parents in implying that they want their relativ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW Global warning
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Forget about agreeing new greenhouse gas reduction targets at the Climate Change Convention in Berlin this week, the argument goes. Wait until warming impacts are certain, then we'll know what needs to be done and where. That gives us 20-odd years to...

  • LETTER:Turkey is only defending its own
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: I have been reading the letters and the news about Turkey and its invasion into Iraq. I do not understand why the media keep blaming Turkey for everything its government does. Why is nobody bothered about the Turkish citizens - old people, women...

  • LETTER:Silence with style
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Wendy Holden (Life, 22 March) is clearly a beginner when it comes to the world of ear-plugs. Earex Universal "the Rolls Royce of ear-plugs"? For the real connoisseur, only the French "boules quies'' will do - as originally worn by Jean-Paul Sart...

  • How Graham made his pile
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    "It all started," he recalls, "when I was out for a bike ride with my girlfriend in the Cotswolds. I was in my early twenties. I was very much in love. Looking back, I realise now that I was very much in love with myself, but that's normal with young...

  • LETTER:BBC and bias: public perceptions counter Conservative fears
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: How about the BBC responding to Jonathan Aitken's criticisms of John Humphrys by just reading them out in a silly voice on Points of View and Feedback, then putting him down in a patronising manner? Why oh why (as they say) should he get special...

  • LETTER:No defence for emperor's new clothes
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Is it right that Christo ("Artist parcels out planning work to wrap up Reichstag project", 27 March) and people such as Christian Boltanski ("Q: which photo shows a work of conceptual art and which a jumble sale?" 25 March) should be referred to...

  • For us, Newfoundland is like a second home
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    I've often fished off Newfoundland and my father and all my family have fished there for generations. For us, Newfoundland is like a second home. Some of us have family ties there, and it is a blow to be allowed no closer than 200 miles from the coas...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Britain's place on the map
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Perhaps it is symptomatic of our ruling party's loss of vision that today's conference on Britain in the World should be heralded not by thoughtful debate but by drab ministerial point-scoring over the allegedly excessive cost of our diplomacy. The p...

  • LETTER:Reforming force
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Like Sir Kenneth Robinson (letter, 28 March), I am puzzled by Michael Daley's attack on Sir Roy Shaw. Although I worked at the Arts Council during Sir Roy's tenure as secretary-general, I was unaware of any determination on his part to create a ...

  • LETTER:Everything to lose
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: A National Lottery advertisement recently published in the Independent read: "Discover the meaning of life" (these words being crossed out in red) "Forget it all for an instant £50,000." I have just returned from Nepal, where the people I met co...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The catwalks are due for a truce
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    So how will fashion mourn one of its fallen heroes? Hopefully, Benetton will spare us the gory details of Mr Gucci's death in its next advertising campaign. Why not instead declare a brief moratorium on the backbiting that lies behind the silicon fro...

  • Bedevilled in the deep blue sea
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    It is conceivable even that the humble halibut, good only for fish fingers, will be the species that finally spurs mankind into ending his rape of the oceans. The battle between Canada and Spain has re-awakened public awareness of the issue. This wee...

  • LETTER:Stay single and stay out of trouble
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: Holders of public office, and important figures in the corporate sector, will be please to know that there is a logical way to avoid the media exposure of extramarital affairs and subsequent distress: remain single. The establishment still stron...

  • Artists get criticism, stars get awards
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    In reality, the pompously entitled "Academy Awards" are a celebration of Hollywood and its continuing domination of the world film market. This does not mean Oscar winners are not talented, but they are not necessarily so. Far more important is the r...

  • LETTER:Community care is best
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: The reports by Rosie Waterhouse ("Mencap `snubs families over residential care' " and "Thousands press for safe `village' on hospital site", 27 March) fail to distinguish between fact and propaganda. Since 1980, some 45 scientific studies have b...

  • LETTER:No defence for emperor's new clothes
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: I hope I may be forgiven if I have missed the irony of Christine Wilkinson's defence (Letters, 27 March) of her stance over the "jumble sale art" issue. If, as it appears, she is sincere in her arguments, I fear for the future of the enjoyment o...

  • LETTER:BBC and bias: public perceptions counter Conservative fears
    Wednesday, 29 March 1995

    Sir: So, Jonathan Aitken and his fellow Tory MPs are unhappy with the BBC. I wonder how many of your readers have considered the way that these MPs actually respond to interviewers' questions. I first noticed it in the middle of the Thatcher era. I w...

  • BIRTHDAYS
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Queen Ingrid of Denmark, 85; Mr Gordon Adam, MEP, 61; Sir Dirk Bogarde, actor and author, 74; The Hon George Bruce, portrait and landscape painter, 65; Professor Lord Butterfield, former Master, Downing College, Cambridge, 75; Sir Robert Clarke, chai...

  • ANNIVERSARIES
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Births: St Teresa of Avila, Carmelite nun, 1515; William Henry Hunt, water-colour painter, 1790; Joseph William Bazalgette, engineer, 1819; Antoine-Edouard Batiste, organist and composer, 1820; Mehmed Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), traveller, 1840; M...

  • LETTER:Measuring unemployment: the figures and the `fiddle' theories
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: In his letter of 24 March, Phillip Oppenheim MP, Under- Secretary of State at the Department of Employment, quotes from an Employment Policy Institute (EPI) report which states that "fiddle" theories surrounding the official unemployment figures...

  • DIARY
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Second, Central Television ran a chatshow about hypnosis on Friday night, which featured only people that McKenna permitted to appear with him. When Central suggested rival stage hypnotists, including sceptic hypnotist Martin Taylor - who publicly pr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The Long March to Dover
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Things are not exactly silent. Every Friday up to a thousand protesters turn up at Shoreham and the same number at Brightlingsea. On other days the number picketing the shipments in both places rarely falls below 250. But has some of the impetus gone...

  • OBITUARY:Maurizio Gucci
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    In Italy, the Gucci family was just as famous for its highly public quarrels as it was for the leather goods that made its fortune. Indeed, it seems that the whole success story was sparked off by a quarrel. As the story goes, Guccio Gucci, the found...

  • OBITUARY:Vladimir Maximov
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    He was born Lev Samsonov, the son of a worker, in Moscow in 1930, at the peak of the Stalinist collectivisation campaign. When he was three years old his father was arrested. Lev attended a local school but lived the life of a street urchin. At the a...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Portillo gets it right - partly
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Mr Portillo and his fellow social affairs ministers from around the European Union were discussing new regulations for workers posted abroad. France and Germany want all such people to come under the rules of the state they are entering. They fear th...

  • LETTER:Measuring unemployment: the figures and the `fiddle' theories
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: Phillip Oppenheim denies that there is a jobs crisis confronting young people. If fewer people aged 16-21 are employed, according to Mr Oppenheim, "this is almost entirely due to the massive increase in the proportion of young people in higher e...

  • The Duke and the forest ANOTHER VIEW Robin Pellew
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Madagascar faces an environmental crisis. Some 90 per cent of the island's forests have been destroyed and its rich topsoil is eroding into the sea. This sediment is suffocating the coral reefs which provide the main breeding ground for the vital ins...

  • LETTER:The martial art of theatre
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: Mark Lawson's article "Luvvies, the SAS of the arts" (21 March) makes the important point that the disaster which has struck the play Cell Mates "is not unconnected with the fact that neither of its stars are stage actors but solo entertainers f...

  • LETTER:Why we feel bad
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: Much is rightly made of the continuing absence of a "feel-good factor" owing to lack of job security and to acute problems relating to house ownership. However, the sight of many beggars and of those sleeping in the city streets is itself depres...

  • Conflicts within Euro-peace pact
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: The adoption of the new security and stability pact by the EU under France's chairmanship (report, 20 March) should be welcomed by all those who wish to see an end to ethnic conflict and territorial disputes along the lines of Bosnia and Chechny...

  • LETTER:Evidence backs first Aids case
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Dr Trevor Stretton Sir: As clinicians responsible for the care of the patient described as "the world's first case of Aids" (front-page article, 24 March), we wish to affirm our total confidence in the integrity of our pathologist colleague Dr George...

  • LETTER:Sensitive writer
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: In one respect Amanda Craig (letter, 24 March) is wrong, as she may some day discover for herself, in claiming that writers cannot be driven into silence by bad reviews. During four decades of the literary life I have cheerfully experienced revi...

  • Keep the mix salty and strong
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    And yet, at just the same time, all around Mr Portillo, we have the opening of Schengenland, the borderless, shutterless continental space which symbolises free movement. And Schengenland, of course, excludes Britain. How could it be otherwise for a ...

  • BOOK REVIEW: You get what you pay for
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    The scheme that became the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme was devised there. It was LSE academics who "rediscovered" poverty in the mid-Sixties and helped to highlight in the Seventies the poverty and unemployment traps caused by a new and vic...

  • A touch of ministerial paranoia
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Many have drawn comparisons between the remarks by Mr Aitken - backed up yesterday by the minister responsible for the media, the National Heritage Secretary, Stephen Dorrell - and hostility towards the corporation in the Thatcher period from the Pri...

  • LETTER:School for scandal
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: Anyone with the least interest in the welfare of art students must be moved to tears by the garbled and brainwashed utterances in today's letters of Catherine Wilkinson, a student at Chelsea School of Art. I have seldom read a more tragic, if un...

  • LETTER:Accounting for love
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: Have we been wrong all this time in thinking of economics as a dull, unemotional sphere of human activity? Some of the great romancers and remarriers of our time - Tony Crosland, Nigel Lawson, Douglas Jay, Peter Jay and now Rupert Pennant-Rea - ...

  • LETTER:Best-kept secret in the welfare system
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: Stephen Timms MP is wrong to say that "for the first time in this country, Britons have no welfare safety net at all" ("Britons failing benefit test", 23 March). The truth is far more damning; there is a statutory safety net, but the Government ...

  • Don't step on my flaming yarn
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    "Like when a man who has a lisp tries to say Moss Bros," said someone, "but it comes out as moth broth instead, and it might quite easily be mixed up with a soup made from moths." "That's ridiculous," said someone else. "People don't make soup from m...

  • LETTER:Arts Council bafflement
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Sir: As a former chairman of the Arts Council (1977-82) working alongside Sir Roy Shaw as Secretary General, I am totally baffled by the various charges levelled against him by Michael Daley (letter, 24 March) insofar as I find them comprehensible. F...

  • OBITUARY:Peggy Purey-Cust
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    The Joan Hunter Dunn of "A Subaltern's Love-song", introduced to the public by Cyril Connolly in Horizon in 1941, was a real person - she ran the canteen at the Ministry of Information - transcribed into heroic fantasy: "Oh! strongly adorable tennis-...

  • OBITUARY:Tony Monopoly
    Tuesday, 28 March 1995

    Tony Monopoly's career illustrated the uncertainties of the light entertainment business. In the mid-Seventies, he could fill the Talk of the Town for a week, backed by a 25-piece orchestra. A few years later he was singing ``I Believe'' to elderly t...

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