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Friday, 3 March 1995

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: While Mr and Mrs Berger (letter, 2 March) maintain that hunting is part of country life, one fact of which I'm sure they are aware but, conveniently omit to mention, is that humans are in a tiny minority of the animal kingdom in hunting for spor...

  • Leading Article : Suburbia turns to Buddha
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Meanwhile the Hindu temple in Bhaktivedanta Manor at Letchmore Heath has grown so popular that it has created a serious traffic problem and excited the ire of villagers. Such difficulties are only a dream for the Protestant churches whose immediate c...

  • WILLIAM DONALDSON'S WEEK : When Bottom falls out of your world
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    You'll gather from this that the week has been marked by a bungled attempt to kill Pratley, and by other disappointments, too: by the acquisition of a motor-bicycle that I don't particularly want; by my ex-temporary literary agent, Cat Ledger, taking...

  • Letter : Off the breast
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Any mother who wishes to breastfeed (Letters, 3 March) knows that, just when the nutritional advantages are becoming clear, financial and social pressures may force her to transfer to bottle-feeding in order to return to the workplace. Governmen...

  • Letter : Shabby London
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Nicholas Schoon does a good job in telling us about shabbiness and decay at Greenwich ("Royal parks `sliding into shabbiness and decay'", 1 March). The Royal Parks Review Group is right to demand that Greenwich Park and the important buildings b...

  • Letter : Human genes: patently not the case
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Your report today on the rejection of the European biotechnology directive by the European Parliament suggests that the biotechnology industry is disappointed with the outcome. In my experience, both as a Patent Attorney representing various bio...

  • It's 2000, and Britain's mellow, man
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Richard Branson is said to be furious that his brand of dopecake, Virgin Munch, does not win the bid, and is hardly pacified when the home secretary announces that the regulatory body of the marijuana trade, OffReef, is to be headed by Norman Lamont....

  • Letter : Cut the coupons
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: I subscribe to the Independent because it seems to me to be the best paper around - for its editorial values, provision of information and Miles Kington; not for its promotional gimmicks. I get very bored with being propositioned all the time to...

  • Cannabis: the drug we still can't accept
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    But overall, public attitudes seem to justify the policy of both Labour and Conservative parties, which is to rule out decriminalising or legalising the drug for the foreseeable future. Previous polls have not asked quite the same questions, but it s...

  • Have a nasty time in the hot tub with Sam and Jackie
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Jackie lists movies. Sam: "What a line-up. Be good to yourself. Relax." Jackie: "Put the laptop away. Let's go to the movies ... Guys [to a weary- looking jazz combo who are brought into things before and after every trailer], take it away." Jackie: ...

  • Letter : Pink gin forever
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Having been resident in India from 1946 to 1960, I was astonished to read in John Walsh's diary (2 March) that "The British fled from India taking their imperialism paraphernalia of pink gins ... with them". I can assure readers that, 10 years a...

  • Letter : Using their loaf
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: If a powerful bakery were to sponsor Baker Street Underground station as part of its PR drive ("Dear Head of Marketing, UK plc", 2 March), perhaps it may be able to persuade London Underground to announce "Mind the bap" upon the arrival of each ...

  • Letter :Thinking for ourselves
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: I am, of course, delighted that Francine Stock ("We can't bank on trust alone", 1 March) should reckon that philosophy, and Annette Baier in particular, is worthy of her attention. I am, however, puzzled by the identity of the "traditional male ...

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: While Mr and Mrs Berger (letter, 2 March) maintain that hunting is part of country life, one fact of which I'm sure they are aware but, conveniently omit to mention, is that humans are in a tiny minority of the animal kingdom in hunting for spor...

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Thank you for the first words of clarity that I have seen written in this whole hunting debate. Although I have hunted foxes, I don't have particularly strong feelings about fox-hunting per se. But I do fish and, just as you rightly say in your ...

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Paul Vallely, in his article "Blood sports meet their Waterloo" (3 March), reports the Ministry of Agriculture as saying that foxes are "not a significant factor in lamb mortality nationally". Maff must know that, regionally, the impact of foxes...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    The best committee is a committee of two with one away sick - Sir Wyn Roberts, Conservative MP I don't see myself making 70. I'm like the workhorse. The harder you push it, the less life it's going to have - Marco Pierre White, 33, chef I've always h...

  • Letter : Fox-hunting necessary to protect ecological balance
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: Paul Vallely, in his article "Blood sports meet their Waterloo" (3 March), reports the Ministry of Agriculture as saying that foxes are "not a significant factor in lamb mortality nationally". Maff must know that, regionally, the impact of foxes...

  • Letter : Human genes: patently not the case
    Saturday, 4 March 1995

    Sir: It is incorrect to suggest in your article "MEPs reject gene patenting" (2 March) that the decision of the European Parliament to reject the European Biotechnology Directive marks an end to the possibility of securing patent protection in Europe...

  • 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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...

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